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American Football: Coliseum GM optimistic about attracting NFL

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posted on Sep, 24 2004 @ 11:02 AM
The NFL has expressed its desire to have a franchise in this area in 2008 or 2009, with the Coliseum a candidate along with the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and sites in Anaheim, Carson and perhaps El Toro where stadiums would have to be built.

"The NFL is really intent on getting something done in Los Angeles," Pat Lynch said at a luncheon involving the business of sports in Los Angeles. "We're talking all the time. We're very hopeful. We think we're making decent progress. The time lines we hope can work in our favor.
"We're far down the road in all respects. They'll be going through their process. Right now, we're just happy to be going through the process rather than being on the outside looking in."

The Los Angeles area has been without an NFL franchise since the Raiders left the Coliseum to return to Oakland and the Rams moved from Anaheim to St. Louis before the 1995 season.

Lynch said a stadium at the Coliseum would be brand new - not a refurbishment - and that the NFL would foot the bill.

"It will be state-of-the-art," Lynch said. "It is in our term sheet that they have accepted our design. They're going to spend $450 million. We are willing to turn the keys over to the (NFL) owners. We're not putting in a dime."

Los Angeles competed with Houston for an NFL expansion team in 1999 that began play three years later. Houston won by coming up with more money and a united front.

"We're going down the home stretch. They want to have a term sheet completed by the middle of October," Lynch said adding that the NFL wants to make a decision on a venue by next May and begin playing here in 2008.

"We're on the right track to do it," Lynch said. "We hope we can succeed."

Anaheim officials announced last month that they had been approached by the NFL about possibly building a facility near Angel Stadium.


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