L.A. officials dismiss idea of NFL deal for new stadium

October 03, 1994|By Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- The NFL floated an apparent trial balloon yesterday, saying it might enter into a partnership to build a football stadium in Los Angeles to keep a pro franchise here and serve as site of the Super Bowl on a rotating basis. But Los Angeles officials quickly dismissed the idea as unrealistic.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue talked of the possible stadium in a halftime interview on Fox television.

With the Rams and Raiders telling an NFL owners meeting in Dallas last week that neither has a contractual agreement to keep playing in the Los Angeles area, Tagliabue said the purpose of a new stadium built in partnership with the city or the state of California would be to "keep [the] NFL strong in Los Angeles."

Orioles owner Peter Angelos has spoken with Rams officials about buying part of the team and moving it to Baltimore.

"We think maybe we've got a concept that can work if it's keyed to the Super Bowl, playing the Super Bowl on a rotating basis," Tagliabue said.

Though Fox reported that an 80,000-seat stadium was contemplated, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said: "At this point, it's an idea without a great amount of detail."

It has such little detail, Los Angeles City Council President John Ferraro said "that I've never heard anything about it."

And, he added, Mayor Richard Riordan left town, leaving Ferraro as acting mayor, without mentioning that such an idea exists.

The obstacle to Tagliabue's suggestion of a partnership to build a stadium and possibly attract a new team, Los Angeles officials said, is that the city and state have no money to put up for such a stadium, and besides, they said, the Coliseum could become everything the NFL wanted for much less money.

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