Bid for Southern California NFL team continues despite labor impasse

INDUSTRY — Organizers intent on bringing a professional football team back to Los Angeles said they are undeterred about an impasse between team owners and the players' union that could lead to no NFL football in L.A. or anywhere in 2011, it was reported today.

Ed Roski, CEO and chairman of Majestic Realty Co., has been trying for a decade to bring a team to Los Angeles, which has been without a professional football team since the Raiders and Rams left after the 1994 season, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

Roski's proposed 600-acre facility near the intersection of the Pomona (10) and Orange (57) freeways has gotten further than any plan since 1995.

Despite the NFL's labor impasse, John Semcken, vice president of Majestic Realty Co., told the newspaper that an NFL team will be playing in Los Angeles in 2011.

"We can't control the labor situation,'' Semcken told the Valley Tribune. "We can't do anything about it. We're just gonna move forward.''

Roski and Semcken also said they won't build the 75,000-seat stadium until they buy an existing team.

NFL team owners want players to take take less revenue than they do under their current labor agreement. Owners say they have borne the costs of state-of-the-art stadiums, have missed out on new revenue and even lost money in recent years.

Players keep 60 percent of total revenue now. Union leaders have said the league's new labor proposal amounts to an 18-percent pay cut. They want the owners to open their books to prove their financial strife.

It's a debate that's been ongoing for months and some say it could last past the end of the current labor deal, the Valley Tribune reported.

The deal owners and the players' union agreed to is set to expire in March 2011. Teams in the upcoming 2010 season will not have a salary cap, a key part of the current deal.

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