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THERE'S A NEW KID IN TOWN: NFL FLOATS L.A. STADIUM CONCEPT
Published October 3, 1994
During yesterday's Fox pre-game show, James Brown reported that there is a plan for the NFL to "enter the stadium business" -- and "insure the presence of an NFL team in Los Angeles" -- by constructing an 80,000 seat stadium which would host the Super Bowl every other year. During halftime, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue told Terry Bradshaw that the idea of a L.A. stadium was discussed at last week's NFL owners meeting, and added that he wants to "keep football strong in Los Angeles." Tagliabue: "We think maybe we've got a concept that can work if it's keyed to the Super Bowl, playing the Super Bowl on a rotating basis" ("NFL Sunday," Fox, 10/2). DETAILS SKETCHY: Any specifics about the stadium construction plan have yet to be outlined -- by the league or to Los Angeles city officials. Greg Aiello, NFL Communications Director: "At this point, it's an idea without a great amount of detail." Rams President John Shaw: "It's an idea, but they haven't done any feasibility study at this time." L.A. City Council President John Ferraro said yesterday he has "never heard anything about it" (Reich & Paschke, L.A. TIMES, 10/3). YOU CAN CALL ME AL: "Two other [L.A.] officials, who declined to be identified, said they believed Tagliabue's comments resulted from a variation of an old negotiating ploy by Raider owner Al Davis." One L.A. official: "It sounds so much like Davis in the background. He's got our stadium rent-free this year, and now he's already pushing us for next year." An unidentified director of Hollywood Park said R.D. Hubbard, the park's chair and CEO, "has had discussions with David and others about building a football stadium in the Hollywood Park complex" (L.A. TIMES, 10/3). WHAT ABOUT THE COLISEUM?: L.A. Coliseum officials told the L.A. TIMES that "the city and state have no money to put up for such a stadium" and that "the Coliseum could become everything the NFL wanted for much less money." Sheldon Sloan, L.A. Coliseum Commission member, cited the cost of purchasing "the appropriate land, of building a stadium and providing the parking": "It's probably well over $250 million, and considering the Coliseum's in excellent condition now, and all that's left to do is some miscellaneous stuff that probably won't cost $30 million, that's just a wide gap in dollars" (L.A. TIMES, 10/3). LOOK OUT, MICKEY: "While Tagliabue spoke of a partnership with the city and state, the NFL wants to oversee a project in which it would build a stadium and NFL theme park in Los Angeles using land and access roads donated by the city, county and state, and some corporate and individual investment funds" (L.A. TIMES, 10/3).