January 29, 2013 |
— If Commissioner Roger Goodell is the quarterback at NFL headquarters, Eric Grubman is more like the running back, negotiating around, over and through obstacles while always trying to advance the ball. Grubman, the NFL's executive vice president of business operations, is the league's chief deal maker, a longtime Goldman Sachs investment banker who plays a crucial role in major transactions such as the sale of a team, the construction of a stadium, or the various relationships with league partners.
March 25, 2011 |
Even though the labor crisis has the NFL at a standstill, the effort to bring a pro football team back to Los Angeles is moving forward. AEG, proposing to build an NFL stadium/event center in downtown L.A., has taken another step in that direction by selecting Gensler to design the estimated $1 billion venue, The Times has learned. L.A.-based Gensler was one of three finalists, with the other two being the firms HNTB and HKS. It's something of a coup that AEG chose Gensler, which has never designed an NFL stadium, considering HNTB is responsible for Invesco Field in Denver and HKS drew up the plans for Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
January 31, 2014 |
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.
October 4, 1987 |
Ed Rubbert was asked how he would feel if he threw eight touchdown passes in one game to surpass Sid Luckman, Y.A. Tittle and Sammy Baugh in the NFL record book. "There should definitely be an asterisk," said Rubbert, who suddenly finds himself the Washington Redskins' quarterback. "This isn't the real NFL." Real or not, Rubbert is what the NFL is giving us this weekend. And, says the league, it will all count.
February 25, 2013 |
And here we go again … The Times' Sam Farmer picks up on a Business Daily report that says the NFL has had direct talks with the Dodgers' new owners about putting an NFL stadium in the Dodger Stadium parking lots. Cats don't have this many lives. At some point, you have to wonder whether the NFL ever wants to come back to Los Angeles. It has so much fun just talking about it. The idea was a good one when Peter O'Malley wanted to do it back in the Bronze Age, but it's tired now and hard to imagine the city getting all excited about starting this stadium process over again.