Phil Anschutz says he is still interested in getting an NFL team in LA and Farmer's Field is still a priority. At the owner's meeting in Phoenix Commissioner Roger Goodell reacted to the news saying, " I think that is very positive and he can count on us stepping up and exploring to see if a deal can happen. I think that is a very positive thing."
AEG has proposed building a stadium that the NFL could use for a team that may come to Los Angeles.
Goodell said, "I think it is a positive that Phil Anschutz is reengaging. He seems that he would like to get a stadium built in Los Angeles that would be suitable for an NFL team. We look forward to working on that."
AEG has spent millions of dollars on a plan for Farmer's Field that would be built at the LA Live complex neat Staples Center where the Lakers and Clippers play. The stadium would cost more than a billion dollars and the plan requires that part of the LA convention center be torn down. The Los Angeles City Council has endorsed the deal but after the announcement that AEG point man Tim Lieweke, the man behind the stadium plan, is leaving AEG, it's future has been overshadowed by doubt.
The NFL is looking at other sites around LA as well, including Dodger stadium. The Dodgers organization won't comment on whether they've been in talks with the NFL but Goodell says Dodger stadium could work as could a few other sites around LA. Developer Ed Roski, has plans for a stadium that would be built in the city of Industry but apparently that location isn't desirable for the league.
Goodell says, "There are several viable sites in Los Angeles. All of them are on the table for us. We want to get back to Los Angeles but we are going to look at every alternative we have to do that successfully.