NFL pur­sues tem­po­rary venues

Lo­cal sta­di­ums are asked for 2016 sea­son pro­pos­als in case of re­turn to L. A. mar­ket.

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - By Sam Farmer sam. farmer@ latimes. com

The NFL’s search for a tem­po­rary Los An­ge­les sta­dium is of­fi­cially un­der­way.

The league on Thurs­day be­gan is­su­ing pro­posal re­quests to mul­ti­ple venues in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia — among them the Coli­seum and Rose Bowl — with the in­tent of se­cur­ing a tem­po­rary home for a team ( or teams) for the 2016 sea­son in the event of a re­turn to the mar­ket.

Chris Har­dart, NFL vice pres­i­dent of cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment, con­firmed the process of is­su­ing non­bind­ing re­quests has be­gun, in­for­ma­tion f irst pro­vided by an in­di­vid­ual not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly about it.

“It is part of the process and an ef­fort to un­der­stand all of our op­tions and have a well- thought- out plan if a team or teams were to be ap­proved to re­lo­cate,” said Har­dart, who de­clined to iden­tify sites other than the Coli­seum and Rose Bowl that have re­ceived them. In the past, league ex­ec­u­tives have touted the vi­a­bil­ity of Dodger Sta­dium as a po­ten­tial tem­po­rary venue.

The L. A. mar­ket has been with­out a team since 1995, when the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders re­turned to Oak­land. Both of those fran­chises are back in the re­lo­ca­tion mix. Rams owner Stan Kroenke is propos­ing a sta­dium in In­gle­wood, and the Raiders have joined forces with the San Diego Charg­ers to back a sta­dium plan in Car­son.

The league has sched­uled a spe­cial meet­ing of NFL own­ers on Aug. 11 in Chicago to up­date them on the L. A. sit­u­a­tion and to fur­ther de­fine the sched­ule for one or two po­ten­tial club re­lo­ca­tions.

The NFL wants to know be­fore the Au­gust meet­ing which tem­po­rary venues are in play, and in gen­eral terms what their rent and ca­pa­bil­i­ties would be. Then, the league could ne­go­ti­ate terms of any deal in the fall, in ad­vance of a team or teams gain­ing ap­proval to re­lo­cate. There were no spe­cific teams men­tioned in the pro­posal re­quests.

At no point dur­ing the last two decades has the NFL got­ten so far as to com­mit to a tem­po­rary venue in the L. A. mar­ket.

The pri­mary ten­ants in the Rose Bowl and Coli­seum — UCLA and USC, re­spec­tively — have veto rights in re­gard to shar­ing those sta­di­ums with NFL teams.

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