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L.A. City Council Unanimously Approves AEG's Proposed Farmers Field NFL Stadium Project
Published October 1, 2012
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RACE IS ON: In Boston, Greg Bedard wrote, "The race is now on to see which NFL team dives into the city.” NFL rules state that any teams interested in relocating "have to submit an application by the first six weeks of 2013.” That would “put relocation on the docket for the March league meetings.” The date “seems a bit rushed, so 2014 is a better target.” Bedard wrote, “The likely candidates: Raiders, Chargers, Rams, Jaguars, and Bills” (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/30).
WHO ARE THE SUITORS? In L.A., Sam Farmer asked Leiweke if AEG Chair Philip Anschutz was “ever really interested in the NFL,” and if so, "why did he walk away from this deal?” Leiweke said, “No question that the NFL has been a management push. But you don't spend $40 million, use that kind of time and energy, put yourself in these kinds of public negotiations without him being fully on board. He was always on board with it. He'll be the first to acknowledge the next investor that steps into this role will be far more passionate probably about football, owning a team, and being a part of the NFL. And Phil's OK with that.” When asked if Soon-Shiong will be that next investor, Leiweke said, “I think Patrick is going to be one. There's a half-dozen people that Mr. Anschutz has heard from already. There are going to be many people that look at it with a view to do it.” Farmer asked if a new AEG owner would “still require a piece of a team at a discount.” Leiweke: “My guess is a new owner will be flexible in their thinking as to the kind of deal they will make.” Meanwhile, Leiweke said that the “idea for the location for Farmers Field” was that of Wasserman Media Chair & CEO Casey Wasserman. Leiweke: “He's always been a partner. When a team comes here, Casey's going to be a partner in it, if he so chooses, and I think he will” (L.A. TIMES, 9/30).