By Jaboner Jackson 2:30 p.m. | After an extended stay in Brazil (Brasil) during which much has changed in the world of the NFL in LA, I have returned to the City of Angels. Since my departure to Rio de Janeiro almost a year ago, Farmers Field has imploded, Los Angeles Stadium has failed to gain momentum, and Brazil has put up more sporting facilities than the entire Southland combined. Coincidence? I think not. Accordingly, it is time to update our patient Wonderful Readers on the NFL in LA. Today, FOOTBALLPHDS reviews what has gone wrong with the NFL in LA during my absence. In Part 2, we look to the future of the NFL in LA. Finally, we close out Part 3 with a leisurely stroll through my (almost) year in Brazil, including updates on all of our Intelligent Staff and the stadium boom occurring in the plastic surgery capital of the world.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Part 1 of 2 | Yesterday, the St. Louis Rams' counteroffer to the St. Louis Convention Center and Visitors Commission (CVC) for renovations to Edward Jones Dome (EJD) were released by the Missouri Attorney General's office. Although terms were supposed to remain confidential per the Rams' lease agreement, media outlets had petitioned the Attorney General to make public the Rams counterproposal, which Attorney General Chris Koster did on Monday per Missouri's "Sunshine Law." Overall, the Rams have proposed renovations to EJD that the CVC estimates would cost $700 million. This is in comparison to the CVC's own proposal in February for $124 million in renovations, a topic that we reviewed in depth this spring here and here.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | As the NFL offseason kicks into gear, the NFL in LA situation continues to unfold. Both AEG and Majestic Realty continue to work behind the scenes to secure an NFL team for their planned football stadiums--Farmers Field in downtown Los Angeles for AEG and LA Stadium in City of Industry for Majestic. Footballphds.com has extensively covered the stadium situations and all of the potential relocation candidates for Los Angeles, while also zeroing on the San Diego Chargers as the anchor tenant for Farmers Field and the Oakland Raiders as the anchor tenant for LA Stadium. Today we take a step back update the NFL in LA situation for our newer readers.
By Rock Mayock 10:30 p.m. from somewhere on the road | The 2012 NFL Draft only six weeks away however the first blockbuster trade has already taken place. With the contenders for the Peyton Manning sweepstakes being whittled down the list of teams out of the running has become quite clear. Sitting atop that list of teams out of contention is the Washington Redskins. Due to last season’s abysmal QB play of Sexy Rexy Grossman and John Beck the Skins had to do something to shore up the most important position in sports. With their needs identified the only question remaining is how much the Redskins would sacrifice to fulfill these needs. Tonight we have our answer.
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 Rock Mayock 5:00PM Saturday marked the beginning of the transition from the college game to the NFL game as an “all star” roster of Draft eligible seniors participated in the first annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl held at the Home Depot Center. While the game itself was a snoozer, the highlight of the day was Intern Jay and myself enjoying the pre-game tailgate party hosted by our friend Tom Bateman and his compatriots from losangelerams.org. In case you missed it, you can read about Tom’s pontification on all of the reasons why the Rams are coming back to Los Angeles here.
By Jaboner Jackson 12 p.m. With All Photos by Edwin Jimenez | Yesterday, we took a break from our usual NFL in LA coverage to discuss the current lease situation of the St. Louis Rams with Tom Bateman of losangelesrams.org. Tom was gracious enough to leave a T-shirt for Bring Back The LA Rams, which our Human Resources manager, Rochelle M., quickly appropriated for herself. In continuing with our coverage this week of the gentler side of the NFL in LA, our Team Photographer, Edwin Jimenez, snapped a few pictures.
By Jaboner Jackson | Our friends over at losangelesrams.org are teaming up with SoCal Rams Booster Club, Ram Central OC, Golden Ram Booster Club, and Bring Back The Los Angeles Rams for the final tailgate of the 2011-12 NCAA season at the inaugural AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl next Saturday, January 21 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Bizarrely, no NFL scouts will be in attendance for the game that features draft eligible collegiate football players. But do not worry, Wonderful Readers, because our own NFL draft expert, Rock Mayock, will break down the top talents. Here is a message from losangelesrams.org: