Having the NFL in L.A. has always seemed like a no-brainer when it comes to large markets. The Los Angeles area seems capable of supporting an NFL franchise, even though the Rams moved to St. Louis not too long ago. The efforts to get a team back to the area may have taken a huge hit though. According to a report from late Monday (March 4), the proposal to build an immense stadium has taken a big hit.
The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) has proposed a stadium to be called Farmers Field that would be located right next to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The plan would cost an estimated $1.8 billion to complete and that has sources at the NFL feeling that it is simply unworkable. One source told Yahoo! that, "The numbers just don't work, no matter how you look at the deal. It's either too hard for AEG to make money [and pay the debt on the stadium] or too hard for the team. I just can't see a way for it to work."
While these are certainly unofficial statements from the league, getting the NFL in L.A. again is starting to sound more like a dream for local fans than a perceived reality. This doesn't mean that flaws cannot be overcome in the plan to either lure another franchise or convince the league to give Los Angeles an expansion team, but rather that the problems with this plan could cause more delays in football returning to the area.
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