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HOLLYWOOD PARK'S NFL BID ADDS A TROJAN HORSE WITH JOHN MCKAY

          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).
     
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