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SBD/November 10, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Rams' Kroenke Reportedly Meets With Inglewood Mayor, L.A. Rumors Gain Steam
Published November 10, 2014
ULTIMATE STALKING HORSE: In N.Y., Billy Witz reported NFL Exec VP/Business Ventures Eric Grubman "lauded the opportunities" that L.A.'s entertainment, business and celebrity culture present. Grubman said that the league’s return "was a matter of when rather than if," but added that nothing "was imminent." Grubman: "I honestly don’t know if we’ll get a proposal this year. It’s not ripe until it’s ripe." Witz noted L.A. political leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, "have been as lukewarm toward the latest proposals as the NFL has been." Having L.A. as a "stalking horse has been extremely valuable to NFL owners in recent years." Vanderbilt professor John Vrooman said, "It is entirely possible that the L.A. football market has been more valuable to the NFL empty than if it had been occupied since 1995" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/9).