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NFL Expanding Options For Stadium Sites In L.A.; Dodgers Owners Reportedly In The Mix

AEG bidders have not placed much value on the proposed Farmers Field stadium
The NFL is "moving beyond its talks with the two long-running choices for stadium sites in Los Angeles and is now exploring additional locations," according to Daniel Kaplan of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Sources said that the league has "had direct talks" with Dodgers Owner Guggenheim Partners about the "possibility of a football stadium at the baseball team's Chavez Ravine home." The talks were "only exploratory." League approval "has never come" for the proposed stadiums from AEG and Majestic Realty President & Chair Ed Roski, as the NFL is "not fully comfortable with either site." The downtown L.A. location "does not comport to the NFL's preference that a team control the building." Roski's site, while only 20 miles outside L.A., is "considered by many unglamorous and difficult to access." Among the two locations, AEG's downtown Farmers Field site "has been the perceived front-runner." But sources said that the AEG sale process "has not seen bidders willing to place much value on the company's proposed stadium." The league now is "looking at many of the same spots it scoured for years before the Roski-AEG locations dominated discussions, including Chavez Ravine, Hollywood Park, and several other sites with Roski's City of Industry and AEG's Farmers Field still in the mix as well" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 2/25 issue).
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