NFL exploring new Los Angeles stadiumThe league's return to L.A. could be at Chavez Ravine, home of the Dodgers
The NFL is exploring a new Los Angeles stadium at Chavez Ravine, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Sports Business Journal is reporting NFL officials have been in direct contact with Guggenheim Partners, which owns the Dodgers, about a new stadium deal. While initial talks were exploratory, they send a signal the NFL is re-engaged in bringing a team back to Los Angeles.
Chavez Ravine is the site of Dodger Stadium, home of the Dodgers since 1962. Many observers have long thought Chavez Ravine is the NFL's preferred location for a new stadium. With Guggenheim currently planning a major renovation of Dodger Stadium it's unclear whether the NFL would want the Dodgers to leave Chavez Ravine if an NFL team moved in. Chavez Ravine is located just a few miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Talks with Guggenheim come after years of speculation that proposed stadiums by AEG and developer Ed Roski were the front-runners to land an NFL franchise. The AEG site is located in downtown Los Angeles but would not allow a new team to control the building or sales inventory. The Roski site is 20 miles outside of the city and league officials are concerned about access. The NFL has never approved either site.
Speculation around which team might relocate to Los Angeles has been narrowed to two current candidates. The San Diego Chargers, who aren't under any stadium lease obligations, and the St. Louis Rams, who have an expiring stadium lease in 2015.
The NFL has not had a franchise in Los Angeles since 1995.
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