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ELWAY LOVES L.A.! HE TALKS TO BROAD; NFL TALKS TO EISNER
Published May 10, 1999
John Elway will meet with Eli Broad on Thursday in L.A. to "discuss joining Broad's venture" to bring an NFL expansion team to L.A., according to T.J. Simers of the L.A. TIMES. While in town, Elway has "no plans to meet" with Michael Ovitz, but the NFL "has let it be known that it would like Elway to listen to Ovitz's overture before reaching any conclusion." NFL execs feel that Elway could be "an asset in the process." One official: "Elway sounds very passionate about the prospects of becoming involved in this. And that's something the Los Angeles process needs." Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen has extended an offer to Elway to own a small piece of his team, but he "advised Broad and Ovitz that he will most likely be unable to satisfy Elway's desire to also work in a significant management position with the team, freeing him to pursue" the L.A. opportunity. Elway's agent Marvin Demoff: "It's clear John's interests are to be involved in the day-to-day operation of a football team, whether it's in Denver, Los Angeles or someplace else in the future." Meanwhile, NFL execs met with Disney Chair Michael Eisner this past week "and left encouraged with future discussions expected." Broad also met with Steven Spielberg in an effort to broaden his ownership group. But one NFL exec noted the slow pace of progress: "We're just not seeing all that much happening so far. We're moving closer and closer to Sept. 15, and we're nowhere near to getting something resolved" (L.A. TIMES, 5/9). The SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Liz Mullen writes that "speculation is rampant" that former Dodgers Owner Peter O'Malley "could either form his own group or join an existing group" bidding for an NFL expansion team in L.A. (SBJ, 5/10 issue). NEW BUSINESS PARTNER? Michael Ovitz was profiled in the N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE. Ovitz, on his controversial image in Hollywood: "I've left bodies in my path, believe me, because I'm aggressive and sometimes I'm insensitive. But it's a whole new world out there" (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 5/9). WHAT ABOUT US! An editorial in the HOUSTON CHRONICLE runs under the header, "NFL Is Running Out The Clock On Houston, McNair," and asks, "How many deadline extensions will the NFL be willing to grant Los Angeles while Houston's bid ripens on the vine?" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/8).