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NFL Talking to Dodgers Owners About Football at Chavez Ravine

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Oh damn, this NFL stadium at Chavez Ravine rumor is getting real as hell: while we heard last fall that the league liked the idea of bringing a football team to the current home of Dodger Stadium, SportsBusiness now reports that it "has had direct talks with Los Angeles Dodgers owner Guggenheim Partners about the possibility of a football stadium" here. LA Live developer AEG has been working for a couple years now to build a football stadium in South Park; the city approved the plan last year but the plan hinges on attracting a team and not a single one made this year's deadline to move to LA. On top of that, AEG is up for sale and Guggenheim is one of the final bidders. Another planned stadium in far-flung City of Industry has been out of fashion for ages. Apparently, "the NFL is not fully comfortable with either site." Meanwhile, the NFL is also interested in a "several other sites," including the Hollywood Park Racetrack, which is supposed to get a massive mixed-use redevelopment that's been delayed for ages.

Dodger Stadium is undergoing a big renovation and updating right now, so SB points out that "that would seem an odd investment if the stadium were to be torn down to make way for an NFL venue." There's plenty of land at Chavez, but the LA Times notes that the Dodgers's much-hated last owner Frank McCourt still has part-ownership of the parking lots that surround the stadium, which means he'll have to be in on any plan to build (during his ownership, McCourt was interested in bringing the NFL to the site). Chavez is also surrounded by residential property and neighbors might not like the idea of a second stadium nearby.
· New L.A. sites on NFL's list [SportsBusiness]
· NFL Really Wants Football in Dodger Stadium's Chavez Ravine [Curbed LA]

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