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NFL Sources Saying Downtown Stadium Plan is Dead to Them

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Well, another plan to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles is dead--make the nine-thousandth or so tally on the big board. Hopes were so, so high for LA Live developer AEG's plan to build a stadium in South Park (the plan also included the rejiggering of the LA Convention Center and the City Council approved the whole thing last year), but things started looking dicey lately: AEG was put up for sale, the NFL announced that no team would move here for the 2013 season, and the league started making noises that they'd rather have football in Chavez Ravine (home to Dodger Stadium). Now "two sources" tell Yahoo! Sports that "the concept is essentially dead to the NFL." The sticking point turned out to be the financials (duh!): "It's either too hard for AEG to make money [and pay the debt on the stadium] or too hard for the team. I just can't see a way for it to work," says once of the sources. And while an expert says the Downtown site "is not necessarily the problem," Y!S still says that "the cramped conditions that would come with shoe-horning a stadium into that area would leave the site unacceptable for what the NFL wants and needs to be successful when it returns to the city." Whatever that means exactly.

Officially, the NFL won't say the site is dead to them, just: "We continue to monitor the AEG situation and remain interested in multiple sites in the Los Angeles area." (Other potential sites besides Chavez Ravine include Hollywood Park, the City of Industry, and possibly Carson.) Everyone seems to be hot on Chavez, especially since Dodgers owner Guggenheim Partners is one of the companies bidding on AEG; but "multiple sources said that such an idea would take 10 years of political wrangling before it would have a chance to become reality."

Meanwhile, Los Angeles officials seem to have missed several "signals" that the Downtown plan wasn't looking good--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa multiple times and "expressed questions about the project."

What can be done? The same thing that can always be done: "Ultimately, the NFL source said the only answer may be for a particularly wealthy owner to pick a site and make it work."
· Sources: AEG's downtown L.A. stadium proposal looks like a no-go for the NFL [Yahoo! Sports]
· NFL Talking to Dodgers Owners About Football at Chavez Ravine [Curbed LA]

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