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HOLLYWOOD PARK'S NFL BID ADDS A TROJAN HORSE WITH JOHN MCKAY
Published November 17, 1997
John McKay, son of the former USC and Bucs coach, "has agreed to be the point man in Hollywood Park's renewed efforts to build a football stadium for an NFL expansion team in time to play in 2001," according to T.J. Simers of the L.A. TIMES. McKay, who was hired by Hollywood Park CEO R.D. Hubbard, "intends to deliver a draft of a finance plan for a new stadium in Inglewood to NFL owners before their annual meetings in March." McKay gives Hollywood Park a spokesperson "with immediate access to NFL owners because of his name. He also has a sense of history and an intimate knowledge of present-day circumstances to make him more effective locally." Simers added that there "has been an obvious shift in NFL momentum in recent weeks as it relates" to L.A. and "there is now a strong feeling in the NFL front office that it is time to prepare" L.A. as the logical choice for a second expansion team after Cleveland in '99. McKay: "I took a harder look at Hollywood Park when I became convinced it was not going to happen at the Coliseum." While Dodgers Owner Peter O'Malley and News Corp. have expressed an interest in football in L.A., the NFL is "still concerned" that O'Malley and News Corp. "will not be able to react in time to meet the window of opportunity that will exist if Cleveland gets its expansion franchise." Simers added that Hollywood Park "is probably the only site" in the L.A. area "that can take advantage of the NFL's window of opportunity." McKay said he will soon begin meeting with potential owners and interested parties (L.A. TIMES, 11/15).