Things you need to know:
- Somewhere outside of L.A. exist something called the City of Industry, a shopping district with 800 residents.
- The voters of Industry voted 60-1 to approve a $500 million bond package for public improvements to prepare for a new stadium.
- Schwarzenegger signed a bill exempting the project from environmental regulations to speed up construction.
- It'll be a 75,000-seat, $800 million stadium (current working title: Los Angeles Stadium)
- It will be a privately financed stadium, as promised by realty mogul Ed Roski Jr and his Majestic Realty. Use as much salt as you'd like with that one. It'll still be on public land.
- Now, you're asking. What team? Well, no team. Yet. The plan is simple: If you build a new stadium in L.A. the NFL will send a team there. However Majestic did compile a short-list of teams they'll be targeting: The Chargers, the Raiders, the Rams, the Vikings, the Jaguars, the Bills and the 49ers.
- On a weirdness note: they're already selling club seats.
My main objection to this is entirely selfish. I don't want to see NFL football in L.A. I don't think I can stand having another big market team for ESPN/Fox/CBS to devote coverage to; it will kill me. I just love my football, and I fear for it.
But what is actually crazy is that 61 people get to decide that this gets to happen. That is simply the most insane use of technicalities I've ever seen. It's absolutely insane. How do you do that? It just seems really sleazy. I mean is
And does the NFL want
to lose the boogeyman it uses to make cities cough up $$$ for new stadiums?
L.A. forumers, how do you feel about getting a pro-team?