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Tim Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG during an event announcing naming rights for the new football stadium Farmers Field at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Everyone in Los Angeles was excited to see a new ownership team take over the Dodgers in 2012, so looking forward to 2013, all eyes are on the NFL. L.A. has been without a football team since the Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995. The L.A. region has made numerous moves to bring the NFL back to town.
This year, the City Council approved a deal with Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) to build the proposed Farmers Field in downtown L.A., while billionaire Ed Roski’s proposal to build the stadium in the City of Industry remained “shovel ready.” Pasadena changed a city ordinance to offer a temporary residence to an NFL team at the Rose Bowl. Now AEG is up for sale, and there’s still a key ingredient missing here: an NFL team.
Hopefully, 2013 will be the year we find out which NFL team wants to go Hollywood. Teams can apply to make that move on January 1, 2013. Has the NFL been missed in Los Angeles? Are the USC and UCLA programs enough to quench our thirst for football? Do you have environmental concerns with the new $315 million 76,00-seat downtown stadium? KPCC’s Brian Watt looks into his crystal football to see what’s ahead for the southland’s NFL fans.
Brian Watt, KPCC Reporter