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CONTRADICTIONS IN L.A. OVER STADIUM AND FRANCHISE MOVEMENTS
Published April 29, 1996
In separate actions recently, the L.A. City Council unanimously approved a motion to support legislation designed to stop teams from moving, then authorized the expenditure of $25,000 to market the L.A. Coliseum to potential franchise tenants, according to the L.A. TIMES. L.A. Coliseum GM Pat Lynch, on Councilman Mike Hernandez's support of the Fan Freedom and Community Protection Act: "We are solidly against it. We are in the business of stealing a team and feel that is the Coliseum's best opportunity -- a team relocating here." Hernandez was also instrumental in having the Ad Hoc Sports Franchise Committee dedicate $100,000, $25,000 of which will come from the City Council, for the marketing of the Coliseum. The marketing plan would allow Lynch to court prospective Coliseum clients, such as the Bucs or Cardinals. But Hernandez says the marketing funds are for an expansion team: "I can see some conflict in the Fans Protection and marketing the Coliseum, assuming we want a team from another city. But we don't." T.J. Simers notes the NFL has gone on record saying expansion is not an option any time soon (L.A. TIMES, 4/29).