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THERE'S A NEW KID IN TOWN: NFL FLOATS L.A. STADIUM CONCEPT

     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).
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