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December 11, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
It's one thing to parade naked in front of your bathroom mirror, quite another to face the world in the altogether. Terry Schroeder knows. A four-time U.S. Olympic water polo player from Santa Barbara, Schroeder is immortalized in bronze outside the Coliseum, his nude torso standing tall for the idealized, universal Olympic athlete.
October 7, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Two days after members of the Coliseum Commission indicated they might need to seek non-NFL alternatives for the stadium, league Commissioner Roger Goodell said he was surprised by the apparent about-face. "We're trying to understand it," Goodell said Friday after a scheduled meeting in Los Angeles with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. On Wednesday, three of the nine commission members said they might entertain other offers if NFL negotiations dragged on much longer.
October 6, 2006 | Sam Farmer
So what's it going to be, NFL? Deal or no deal? That's the bold message a few influential members of the Coliseum Commission sent this week, when they suggested exploring other possibilities for the 83-year-old stadium in case an NFL deal doesn't get traction soon. That one option is handing control of the stadium to USC only makes the situation more intriguing.
October 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Anaheim officials are listening to other offers in case the NFL doesn't come. And, with the prospect of pro football in Pasadena looking increasingly bleak, the city is exploring other options for the Rose Bowl. Now, it's the Coliseum's turn. The Coliseum Commission will convene for its monthly meeting today and is expected to discuss the future of the 83-year-old venue, whether or not an NFL makeover is in the offing.
May 23, 2006 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Even as NFL owners convened Monday to mull a return to the greater Los Angeles area, at the Coliseum or in Anaheim, USC President Steven B. Sample raised concerns that the university could be left "totally vulnerable" should the league return to the Coliseum without a deal also being reached for USC to keep playing there.
May 20, 2006 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Without dissent, or even comment, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved plans to remodel the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a bid to lure an NFL team. The vote was 12-0. The council's action sets the stage for NFL owners, at a meeting Tuesday in Denver, to consider whether to move forward with the Coliseum, with Anaheim -- or perhaps with both. The Southland has been without an NFL team since the end of the 1994 season, when the Rams moved to St.
May 19, 2006 | Jim Newton and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
A proposal to upgrade Exposition Park and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to pave the way for a return of pro football sailed through public approvals Thursday. But its progress masked quieter concerns about the project, which some insiders warned would deliver few tangible benefits to the Los Angeles city and county governments even as it would require them to invest in the park and stadium.
November 11, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The NFL, in hopes of an eventual return to the Los Angeles market, has agreed in principle to lease terms with the Coliseum and is working toward a similar understanding with Anaheim. In a news conference Thursday on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said "very significant progress" has been made during the last year in bringing a team back to the nation's No. 2 market.
November 10, 2005 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
After meeting Wednesday with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the league is working toward finalizing a deal at the Los Angeles Coliseum and hopes to have it done by the Super Bowl in February. "We are talking of having a fourth [NFL team] at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, maybe the fifth in Anaheim," Schwarzenegger said in a telephone interview, referring to the NFL teams in California now, in San Diego, San Francisco and Oakland.
September 16, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC cornerback John Walker pondered the vast expanse of empty seats in the Coliseum four years ago and decided the game-day scene was no mirage. "I saw vultures, tumbleweeds," the fifth-year senior recalled. Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, also a fifth-year senior, shook his head recounting his early years on the sideline in the cavernous stadium. "We used to get like 40,000, maybe 50,000 on a good day," he said. Pete Carroll can still picture his debut as USC's coach on Sept.
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