Frank McCourt's Dodger Troubles Could Lead to an NFL Team in L.A.'s Chavez Ravine?
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Frank McCourt's battle with Major League Baseball over control of the Dodgers could be a good thing for efforts to bring an NFL team to town.
So reports Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole, who cites unnamed sources who agree that this could goose the movement because the NFL, arguably, likes Chavez Ravine and its acres of land better than stadium proposals downtown and the in the city of Industry.
If McCourt loses his grip on the team, which seems quite possible, that would remove the owner as a hindrance to the NFL's desires to move into Dodger Stadium, writes Cole.
In fact ...
... he sees a scenario in which the NFL takes over Dodger Stadium and builds a football venue next door (there are 352 acres to play with):
The cross-pollination of nearly 100 events a year could create a deal that would make the 30-year, $700 million deal that AEG recently got from Farmers Insurance for the proposed downtown stadium look like a bargain.
Just as important, the football stadium could have every bell and whistle an NFL team needs, from huge concourses to enough space to stage a Super Bowl. In addition, since the land is privately owned, getting entitlements and other cooperation from the city becomes simpler. Staging construction becomes less time consuming and less expensive than it would be downtown.
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Or, Cole says, the roles could be reversed, with a football stadium being built at Chavez Ravine and an urban, San Diego-type of baseball venue going in next to L.A. Live, where the Staples Center folks have NFL dreams.
In any case, the idea that McCourt's woes could be good for L.A.'s football hopes has traction:
A source tells Cole:
Let's just say you're not the only one speculating on it and, no offense, some of the other people speculating actually have the money to get it done.