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March 19, 2013
Re "Officials roll with AEG's punches," March 16 While riding a shuttle home from Los Angeles International Airport after returning from a business trip last week, I passed Exposition Park, with its multitude of venues. As a native Angeleno who remembers visiting the museums, attending the circus at the Sports Arena and watching Rams games at the Coliseum, I was struck with nostalgia. How ironic to read just after that about the turmoil surrounding the canceled sale of entertainment giant AEG and the doubtful future of the football stadium it planned on building in downtown L.A. I understand that the neighborhood around USC has changed dramatically over the years, but given this development, are we absolutely certain that nothing can be done to revitalize what's right in front of us?
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SPORTS
February 1, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
For the last 19 years, for many Southland football fans, Super Bowl Sunday has also been Super Strange Sunday. It is the one day of the year, maybe the only day of the year, when it feels truly odd and isolating that Los Angeles does not have an NFL team. It can be disenchanting to watch America's biggest sporting event while realizing that America's second-largest city, your city, doesn't have a chance to be in that game. None of the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks ever played for your pro team, or played against your pro team, or even played a pro game in your city.
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SPORTS
September 21, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Patrick Soon-Shiong, the richest person in Los Angeles and a potential AEG buyer, attended the New York Giants-Carolina Panthers game Thursday night as a guest of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. That's an interesting pairing because Richardson is the former chairman of the NFL's stadium committee, and if Soon-Shiong were to purchase AEG, he presumably would take the handoff from Philip Anschutz to push the proposed downtown L.A. stadium Farmers Field across the goal line. The Times has reported that AEG is expecting the sales price for the entertainment company to be in the range of $5 billion to $7 billion.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The Kroenke Organization confirmed Friday The Times' report that it bought a large piece of land in Inglewood. Billionaire Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, purchased a 60-acre parking lot located between the Forum and Hollywood Park that could potentially be used for an NFL stadium. "As real estate developers, the Kroenke Organizations are involved in numerous real estate deals across the country and North America," a Kroenke Organization spokesperson wrote in an email statement.
SPORTS
September 5, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Matt Barkley and USC are heading to the home of the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants and the New York Jets. Barkley, the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, leads USC against Syracuse on Saturday at MetLife Stadium. "It's a fun thing, especially to get some East Coast love," Barkley said of the trip. The Trojans, who have not done stadium walk-throughs under Coach Lane Kiffin, will do one on Friday. "It will be awesome just to see what it's like to play in an NFL stadium for the first time," receiver Robert Woods said.
SPORTS
April 15, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
Eight years ago, two influential Los Angeles businessmen, Casey Wasserman and Tim Leiweke, unfurled a plan to build a privately financed NFL stadium near Staples Center. The plan was scuttled almost as quickly as it arose, however, when the Coliseum Commission announced its intention to make its own NFL bid. Thus ended what many people believe was the last best chance to bring pro football back to the nation's second-largest market. Now, according to multiple sources, Wasserman and Leiweke are considering getting back in the stadium game.
OPINION
October 21, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
Sometime this week or next, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign a bill allowing construction of a new, privately financed professional football stadium in the east San Gabriel Valley city of Industry. The measure, which easily cleared the Assembly and survived lengthy negotiations in the state Senate, exempts the project from certain provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act, and some already are arguing that it sets a precedent for relaxing environmental standards in favor of jobs and development.
SPORTS
March 29, 2012 | Sam Farmer
An NFL stadium at Chavez Ravine? You can bet the new owners of the Dodgers will at least kick the tires on that idea. In fact, a league insider said the buyers had preliminary discussions with the NFL while doing their due diligence on the investment. Peter O'Malley did more than that in the late 1990s. He was well down the road on a proposal to build a football stadium next to Dodger Stadium when the city let the air out of his balloon by supporting the Coliseum, which it partly owned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy
Ed Roski Jr., the L.A. County billionaire who got state legislators to exempt his proposed NFL stadium from environmental laws, has showered the lawmakers with tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash. The money is part of $505,000 that Roski put into California political campaigns during the second half of 2009, including $300,000 toward a proposed ballot measure that would change term limits for future legislators. The contributions are significantly higher than in the previous six months, when Roski doled out $49,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
In the first major legal challenge to a planned NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, a coalition of environmental activists and community advocates filed suit Thursday claiming that a state law intended to assist the project is unconstitutional. Developer Anschutz Entertainment Group and supporters of the project - dubbed Farmers Field - had successfully lobbied for passage of the law, which fast-tracks legal challenges to the stadium's environmental impact report by imposing deadlines and requiring such lawsuits to begin at the Court of Appeal level.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The owner of the St. Louis Rams has bought a large piece of land in Inglewood that potentially could be used for an NFL stadium, multiple individuals with knowledge of the transaction have told The Times. Within the last month, billionaire Stan Kroenke bought a 60-acre parking lot located between the Forum and Hollywood Park, according to individuals who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on behalf of the buyer or seller. Wal-Mart originally owned the land but sold it after failing to get public approval for a superstore.
SPORTS
November 25, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Is rocker Jon Bon Jovi angling to be an NFL owner? According to a report by CBS' Jason La Canfora, Bon Jovi is "consumed" with buying an NFL team and is positioned to make a play for the Buffalo Bills when they eventually are up for sale. Bills owner Ralph Wilson, 95, has said the team will not remain in his family after his death. The CBS report, citing unnamed source, said Rogers Communications in Toronto is the "prime suitor" for the franchise, but that Bon Jovi "has spent considerable time in the area getting to know politicians and power brokers and even added a [concert]
SPORTS
October 9, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
As far as the NFL and Los Angeles go, all is quiet on the Western front. Or maybe we just need to look more closely. The leading location remains AEG's downtown Farmers Field. Phil Anschutz's exclusive bargaining window is open until November 2014. It is "shovel-ready," as developers say. Money is in the bank. Entitlements have been taken care of. AEG is an owner-landlord in waiting. It is a quieter effort now, since Tim Leiweke left AEG. He was effective, hard-charging, persuasive, but never quiet.
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
In the name of improved stadium security and speed of entry, the NFL is limiting the size and type of bags fans bring in to venues, beginning with exhibition games this summer. Only clear plastic, vinyl or thick plastic handbags no larger than 12-inches by 6-inches by 12-inches will be allowed, with the exception of necessary medical items. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags will be allowed, as will small clutch bags approximately the size of a hand. Prohibited items include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
On his first day as an owner of the Dodgers, Magic Johnson had heard one too many questions about Frank McCourt, and what role the outgoing owner would continue to play at Chavez Ravine. "Frank is not here. He is not part of the Dodgers any more ," Johnson said. "We should be clapping for that. " McCourt might not be part of the baseball team any more, but he remains a major player in deciding the future of the land surrounding Dodger Stadium. As  The Times reported  Wednesday night, McCourt could be the sole landlord for an NFL stadium put up on the Dodger Stadium parking lots.
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | Sam Farmer
The improbable dream is now even more unlikely. The romantic idea of an NFL stadium at Chavez Ravine, one that overlooks downtown Los Angeles, was already a long shot. News that Frank McCourt is in position to demand some involvement only increases the degree of difficulty. The Los Angeles Times obtained documents Wednesday that show the unpopular former Dodgers owner has the option to buy back land if another sports facility - let's say an NFL football stadium - is built on Dodger Stadium property.
SPORTS
October 11, 2010 | Wire reports
Developers of a new NFL stadium on a hilly strip of land in the City of Industry are sketching out plans for a second high-profile use for the venue: World Cup soccer. Architects for Majestic Realty Co. said Monday they were tweaking the design of the stadium to incorporate field measurements and bleacher configurations based on guidelines from World Cup organizer FIFA, which wants a width of 68 meters (75 yards). The news came amid possible competition from sports and entertainment powerhouse AEG, which is deciding whether to build a stadium in downtown Los Angeles to lure an NFL franchise.
SPORTS
April 16, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
The latest concept for an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles — a $1-billion venue next to Staples Center — has, The Times has learned, something none of its scuttled predecessors had. A ceiling. Although that might seem like a minor distinction, proponents of that project say that a retractable roof would greatly enhance the versatility of the building, making it ideal for major sporting events such as the Final Four, championship title fights, and all sorts of national conventions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - An influential state senator has a plan to allow electronic billboard ads that are currently banned by state law - including pitches for beer and gambling - next to a proposed NFL stadium in Los Angeles. The proposal, approved by a legislative committee, has outraged activists who oppose the proliferation of electronic billboards. They say lawmakers intend the measure as special treatment for Philip Anschutz, the Denver billionaire who wants to build the stadium in downtown Los Angeles.
SPORTS
March 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Sometimes people really mean what they say, sometimes it's a flat-out lie, and sometimes it's just very carefully worded to avoid providing a definitive answer. The latter is normally the domain of politicians and lawyers, but big-business types love to swim in these waters too. So Dodgers minority owner Magic Johnson was at Camelback Ranch on Friday to talk to the team and the media, and one of the things he said to the Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore was there had been no discussions between the team's ownership group and the NFL over a potential football stadium at Chavez Ravine.
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