By Jaboner Jackson 12:30 p.m. | Yesterday, Jason Cole of the National Football Post (NFP) took its shot at the NFL in LA by relaying a story that "NFL sources" has the Hollywood Park facility in Inglewood, CA as a contender for securing an NFL team--or two. While interesting reading, NFP failed to understand that the "NFL sources" were once again drumming up disingenuous talking points for their own machinations. Although footballphds.com wishes otherwise, the NFL in LA is as of this writing not happening. The best shots at returning the NFL to Los Angeles for years--Farmers Field and LA Stadium--are dead, the result of NFL shenanigans and AEG disinterest. Nonetheless, the NFL needs to have Los Angeles as a negotiating ploy for stadium deals that have yet to be done in Oakland, San Diego, and St. Louis. NFP fell for the bait. However, Angelenos should not.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Last week, I reviewed the developments regarding the NFL in LA that have occurred while I have been away in Brazil (Brasil) during the past year. As our Wonderful Readers are aware, the NFL in LA has imploded in my absence. AEG's Farmers Field died, Majestic Realty's Los Angeles Stadium remained the forgotten stepchild, and the NFL pretended to still be interested in Los Angeles as a football market. Today, FOOTBALLPHDS looks ahead to the cloudy future of the NFL in LA by examining what went wrong with Farmers Field and LA Stadium and where the NFL will next place its interest.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | On February 1, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) issued a stadium renovation plan to the St. Louis Rams for Edward Jones Dome. These stadium improvements were proposed in accordance with lease terms that mandate that Edward Jones Dome be a "First Tier" stadium by the 2015 NFL season. In January, footballphds.com explored the timeline for renovating Edward Jones Dome. Today, we explore CVC's renovation proposal and the reasons why the Rams' lease agreement with EJD continues to make the Rams a secondary player for relocating to Los Angeles rather than a primary one.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 am | While the FOOTBALLPHDS have focused on AEG's planned downtown Los Angeles stadium, Farmers Field, we acknowledge that there remains reader interest in Majestic Realty's proposed stadium in City of Industry, tentatively called the Los Angeles Stadium or Grand Crossing Stadium. (Unlike AEG, Majestic has not obtained naming rights for their proposed venue.) At the crux of the battle between the two stadiums is an extension of a decades-long conflict between Los Angeles as city and Los Angeles as suburb.