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Jerry Jones Speaks Out In Support Of Downtown L.A. Stadium

The concept of "building a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles" is "picking up steam with some influential people in NFL circles," according to Sam Farmer of the L.A. TIMES. The downtown concept is "in direct competition with one in the city of Industry," but it "got a noteworthy thumbs-up" yesterday from Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones. Jones said AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke, who along with WMG Chair & CEO Casey Wasserman recently floated plans to build a downtown stadium, "has the utmost respect in the National Football League, and I have the most respect for everybody involved." Jones: "With all of that in mind, and with a real passion to have a team in Los Angeles, I like the way this thing is starting to sound. ... It makes a lot of sense for downtown Los Angeles. It's what you're looking for" (LATIMES.com, 5/25).

While Chargers Prefer Downtown San Diego
Site, Team Has Not Ruled Out Escondido

LOCATION, LOCATION: In California, Jay Paris writes the Chargers and San Diego's "movers and shakers" would "prefer plopping Qualcomm Stadium's replacement near Petco Park and the bustling Gaslamp Quarter." But Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani said Escondido's 60-acre site "absolutely" could come back into play. The city suspended its pursuit of the team, but Fabiani said, "We would definitely go back to Escondido, there is no question, because the city leadership, business community and neighborhood groups were extremely enthusiastic." Paris writes Escondido's "parcels of land near I-15 and Highway 78 hold promise," though it is "not as attractive ... as kicking off in a playpen hugging San Diego Bay." But "how to cobble the funds remains the downtown spot's biggest obstacle" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 5/26).

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