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June 6, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The commission in charge of the Memorial Coliseum seems at a crossroads: should it keep chasing its NFL dream, or sign a long-term deal with USC? That will be the focus of today's monthly meeting, its last before summer break. Clearly, there are divergent opinions on the nine-member commission, with some not ready to give up on pro football returning, and others fed up with the flirtations that have dragged on since the Raiders left after the 1994 season.
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February 23, 2007 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Consider it an Olympic-sized task: Dressing up, and modernizing the historic Coliseum without leaving any lasting fingerprints. Results of the careful balancing act were unveiled with plans for a $112-million temporary renovation of the 84-year-old facility, announced Thursday by the group attempting to bring the 2016 Summer Games to Los Angeles.
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February 23, 2007 | Helene Elliott
Picture the Mona Lisa wearing a leather jacket and miniskirt and clutching an iPod. It wouldn't work. Imposing a modern sensibility on a classic icon creates a culture clash that the brain simply can't process. The temporary steel-framed addition that would envelop the Coliseum if Los Angeles gets the 2016 Summer Olympics would have the same jarring effect.
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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.
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October 26, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
With the possibility of an NFL deal fading, Coliseum and USC officials have launched negotiations aimed at securing the school's future role at the stadium. "We are actively discussing with the Coliseum Commission the possibility of a lease," USC Senior Vice President Todd Dickey said Wednesday. "The details we have yet to work out."
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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.
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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.
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October 5, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Recognizing that little progress is being made on the NFL-to-Los Angeles front, members of the Coliseum Commission on Wednesday said they need to explore other options for the stadium, among them handing control of the venue to USC. If that were to happen, it could effectively end the NFL's interest in that stadium. "We can't just extend this indefinitely with no promise of a future that includes the NFL," said David Israel, one of three state-appointed members of the commission.
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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.
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June 14, 2006 | Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writer
Before the National Football League can take over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in preparation for its return to the region, its most serious obstacle may well be USC's football program. The collegiate powerhouse has made the Coliseum its home for 83 years. And since the departure of the Raiders in 1994, USC football has basked in its stature as the Coliseum's prime tenant -- indeed, as the closest thing to professional football in town.
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