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SBD/July 2, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Roger Goodell Gives NFL Teams Guidelines, Ground Rules For Potential Relocation To L.A.
Published July 2, 2012
WAKE-UP CALL? In St. Louis, Bryan Burwell wrote while it might have appeared that Goodell "simply sent a private memo to the NFL's 32 franchise owners Friday, in reality he broadcast a clarion call to every nervous American city that has an NFL franchise playing in an outdated stadium, haggling over a bad lease or fretting over sagging local attendance." L.A. is "officially in play as a fabulous alternative to every disgruntled pro football owner." After years of considering L.A. "an empty threat because of stadium issues, the Rams landlords now have something to worry about." Burwell: "This is the doomsday scenario I have been worrying about for years. Get the deal done before Los Angeles becomes a legitimate alternative." The memo was a "warning to cities such as St. Louis, San Diego, Jacksonville, Oakland and Buffalo that the clock is ticking on negotiations with their prospective teams" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 7/1).
WILLING TO LISTEN: In L.A., Steve Dilbeck noted Guggenheim Baseball Management, the Dodgers' new ownership group, has "not spoken to the NFL about building a stadium next to Dodger Stadium" and has "no immediate plans to do so." However, they are "open to the possibility." Dodgers Chair Mark Walter said, "We haven’t talked about it or thought about it a lot. It’s not on our radar screen. I mean, we’re trying to fix this place and get our team running and make this the best experience possible for our fans. If that came on our radar screen, we’d deal with it. But it’s not right now. The NFL has not approached us with anything" (LATIMES.com, 6/30).