California Senate Approves Bill Speeding Up LA NFL Stadium Process

The NFL in Los Angeles? AEG is trying to make it happen and has talked to five NFL teams about purchasing a majority interest and relocating the team to Los Angeles.

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L.A. City Council approves NFL stadium plan

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $1.2 billion plan by AEG in an attempt to lure an NFL team back to L.A.

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New Stadium In L.A.: New Law Brings Downtown Stadium Closer To Development

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill today giving a big boost to plans for an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles by Anschutz Entertainment Group, according to an AP report. The bill would accelerate any legal challenges over environmental impact over the stadium’s development.

The bill would allow for any lawsuits over the stadium’s environmental impact to go directly to the California Court of Appeal, skipping Superior Court. The appeals court would be required to deliver a ruling within 175 days.

Governor Brown framed the issue as a matter of economic development. The project is estimated to some 12,000 construction jobs and another 11,000 permanent jobs. Expediting the development, according to the Governor’s rationale, would provide some measure of relief to the state’s unemployment rate, which tops the national average.

AEG agreed to make the new development readily accessible to public transportation as well as making the stadium a “green” facility. AEG also promised to submit an environmental impact statement and purchase offsetting carbon credits.

As for a projected completion date, AEG still has its sights set on 2016. They would like to move a team to Los Angeles sooner than that, possibly in time for the 2012 NFL season.

AEG President Tim Leiweke said that the bill provides further evidence that LA is committed to being an NFL city again. Leiweke intends to work with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to determine which teams are the right candidates to relocate. The franchises mentioned most often include the San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and the St. Louis Rams.

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NFL Stadium In L.A.: California Senate Approves Bill Easing Review Process

The California State Senate passed a bill Friday that would expedite legal challenges to the potential NFL stadium in Los Angeles. Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the backers of the stadium project, was concerned about a variety of possible legal challenges to their plans. While they still face various legal hurdles in the environmental review process, Senate Bill 292 will speed up the appeals process.

The bill still needs to be signed or vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown, although Brown is expected to sign it. Once signed into law, the bill provides that all legal challenges to the stadium's environmental impact report will be heard by the California Court of Appeals and skip over the Superior Court. A decision would be issued by the Court of Appeals within 175 days of any filing. While there will still be some legal wranglings, this process speeds it up considerably.

By speeding up the litigation process, it also speeds up the process for relocating a team to Los Angeles. AEG is hoping to break ground by June 2012 and if they are able to break ground by then, it is possible we could see a new team playing in LA by next fall. Although the stadium and attached convention center would take multiple years to build, a relocated team could start playing in the LA Coliseum or Rose Bowl in the meantime.

This bill is also significant because the state also passed AB 900, which is modeled on SB 292 and will allow other stadium and arena type projects to apply for a similar expedited legal process.

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New L.A. Football Stadium: What NFL Team Makes The Move?

There is more than likely to be a new football stadium in the Los Angeles area whether it comes from the folks trying to push a stadium in the City of Industry or the AEG group who had a financing plan approved to build a new downtown stadium.

With a stadium likely coming, we need to find a team. There have been a number of teams mentioned, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that those three teams don't have the type of leases that make a move to L.A. very easy so they may be out (though you have to remember this is a fluid situation and we're talking five years down the line).

Instead, Schefter points to the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers as the two leaders in the clubhouse for a move to Los Angeles. He's not saying it will happen -- just that those two have leases that make them the current favorites.

Things will change in the coming months (and years) but, for now, it appears Oakland and San Diego are the favorites to occupy whatever stadium is built in L.A.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Los Angeles for the latest on the Los Angeles stadium.

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Los Angeles City Council Unanimously Approves Financing For $1.2 Billion NFL Stadium

Getting football back to Los Angeles took another big step on Tuesday when the Los Angeles City Council approved a financing deal to get a new stadium downtown. Per multiple reports, the city council voted 12-0 in favor of the downtown stadium so, at least among those 12 city council members, there's support for this.

It's not the last step to getting football back in Los Angeles. You need...a team. Indeed, there is no clear plan on how the NFL would bring football back, and which team would be the one moving there. There are some candidates that are more likely than others but we're not really sure where each team stands on that list, though.

The stadium is five years down the line but Tuesday's vote helps keep the project on track. AEG has a location (downtown L.A), they've got the naming rights to the stadium (Farmers Field) and they've got the financing approved, the next step if actually building the stadium and finding a team to play there. That last part is what has some NFL fan bases nervous. There is some competition in this regard as a group backing a stadium in the City of Industry says it has a viable plan as well.

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AEG's Los Angeles Stadium Plan Expected To Recieve 'Overwhelming' Approval On Tuesday

AEG has been hard at work selling their plan for a downtown Los Angeles stadium, and on Tuesday it appears the massive public relations campaign will pay-off. While we're still a ways off from the NFL making a return to LA, the city council will reportedly vote on a financing plan at a Tuesday meeting. If approved, the plan would be another step in the right direction towards building a downtown stadium and, perhaps, bringing an NFL team back to the city.

LA Times reporter Sam Farmer tweeted his expectation for the proceedings.

As I tweeted last week, AEG's proposal for a downtown LA stadium deal will win overwhelming approval from the city council today.

The agreement is non-binding and the stadium is still five years off, but Tuesday's vote is needed to keep the project on track. Tuesday's vote is a sizable step forward, though plenty of obstacles remain before a downtown stadium is actually built. Nevertheless, the city council is expected to approve a tentative financing plan, allowing AEG to continue to move forward.

For more on Los Angeles sports, head over to SB Nation LA.

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NFL Stadium In L.A.: City Officials Reveal Tentative Financing Plan

The city of Los Angeles took a non-binding but sizable step forward on Monday as city officials revealed a financing plan that would bring in the long discussed $1 billion Farmers Stadium and add a new wing to the city's adjacent Convention Center.

The Convention Center aspect of the plan would require the city issuing $195 million in bonds and is considered central to the new stadium deal. These bonds would be paid back by new revenue from the project including AEG lease income, parking taxes, property taxes and a construction tax. The city would issue an additional $80 million in bonds that would be the responsibility of AEG.

The city council will begin discussing the financing plan this Friday with a plan to vote before leaving for a recess on August 20. The vote would be for a non-binding agreement, but would keep the project on track for the tentative 2016 opening date.

AEG has worked on a massive publicity campaign in LA rallying the support labor leaders and the police. One partner that will have a say in all this is the NFL. While the league has not been overly vocal on the stadium front, the new CBA includes stadium credits for three new stadiums, one of which is meant for Los Angeles. Now it's just a matter of finding a team to move into the new stadium in five years.

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Los Angeles NFL Stadium Plan Moves Closer To Fruition At Meeting

A meeting of a committee of the Los Angeles City Council on Thursday left the city hopeful that plans for a downtown NFL stadium could move forward.

AEG, which controls a number of sports venues, including L.A.'s STAPLES Center, is asking for the city to agree to a "memorandum of understanding" before the end of July. The two sides aren't ready to strike an official deal, but a memorandum would allow the project to continue to develop until they do. It doesn't appear that AEG will have trouble getting the city council committee to agree to such a memorandum:

It doesn't appear it will be difficult to get a simple majority, considering the enthusiasm with which most council members spoke about Farmers Field and the expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Meanwhile, Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times says that AEG won't start the project in earnest until it knows which team it's getting, which means that the 2012 NFL season could feature a Los Angeles-based team. The Jacksonville Jaguars or San Diego Chargers could be the one making the move. 

Plaschke argues that L.A. is missing out on "the NFL experience," which makes sense. Yes, Southern California is full of people who grew up elsewhere, and thus root for teams from outside the area. But by having an NFL team, Los Angeles gets to participate in a major part of American culture in a way it currently doesn't.

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Los Angeles NFL Stadium Developers Now Asking For Less Money From City

AEG, the company that hopes to develop a 72,000-seat stadium in downtown Los Angeles with the goal of luring an NFL team back to the second largest market in the nation, has reduced the amount of public money they will be seeking. Tim Leiweke, AEG's president and CEO, told a townhall meeting on Monday that his company would ask the city to issue than $300 million in  bonds, a reduction of more than $50 million.  The plan is to build the stadium near Staples Center where the convention center currently sits. The total pricetag on the stadium is estimated at more than $1 billion.

No NFL team has called the Los Angeles area home since the Rams and Raiders both left after the 1994 season. The Rams played in what has now become Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Raiders played in the cavernous L.A. Coliseum. Neither were particularly well suited for the modern NFL and lacked amenities that are commonplace now, such as luxury boxes.

The proposed downtown stadium is actually one of two competing bids in the greater L.A. area. Warehouse magnate Ed Roski has proposed building a 75,000-seat stadium in the city of Industry, about 15 miles easy of Los Angeles. Neither stadium has a tenant lined up, but the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams have all been linked to one or both of the possible developments.

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AEG Has Talked To Five NFL Teams Relocating To Los Angeles

Lead by president Tim Leiweke, AEG continues moving on with plans to bring an NFL team to Los Angeles. Leiweke confirmed Philip Anschutz would be willing to purchase the majority interest in a team to bring them to Los Angeles, which hasn't had a football team for 16 years.

The teams they've talked to, per the OC Register, include the St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.

Perhaps the most intriguing team in that group is the Vikings, who are trying to get a new stadium of their own in Minnesota.

Leiweke said he last spoke with an NFL team "a week ago." That team is believed to be Minnesota. The Vikings are pursuing a $1.05 billion stadium proposal in which Ramsey County and the state of Minnesota would pick up $650 million of the tab.

Leiweke also said that their group is willing to pay the price to get a team to Los Angeles and used the Chargers as an example.

"Just as an example, if it's San Diego, they would have to pay $24 million under their agreement to get out of the lease," Leiweke said. "We would pay that."

Football in Los Angeles would seem to be a no-brainer. It's one of the largest cities and, with the NFL as the country's most popular sport, it's hard to understand how there isn't a team there already. That said, there are a lot of moving parts (and opposition against you) when you're talking about purchasing a team and re-locating them.

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