Chargers, Rams First To New, Empty LA Stadium?

Eight months ago I suggested that AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and L.A.-based sports biz mogul Casey Wasserman had plans to build a downtown L.A. football stadium without the benefit of a pre-commitment from an NFL team to move into the facility.

Los Angeles NFL Stadium Map

(Where the L.A. NFL Stadium would be located)

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So what has to happen for the project to get done? While some may think that an NFL team pre-committing to such a venue would be critical to the process, I’m not so sure.

… I don’t think its an impossibility that a domed stadium in downtown L.A. could get done without an NFL team initially. And when it comes to the Chargers, you can bet that if an L.A. stadium is suddenly available, San Diego’s hand on a new stadium will be forced. 

Friday during a radio interview, Leiweke confirmed exactly that prospect. Read more…

Unique LA Stadium Deal May Cost SD Its Chargers

In the aftermath of the news of the first legitimate Los Angeles NFL stadium plan in eight years, I’ve freshened up my investigation into what team is most likely to move to L.A. if the project happens. With all signs pointing south.

Los Angeles Chargers 2010

(San Diego: Nothing Personal)

There’s two critical things you need to know about the L.A. situation as it pertains to what current NFL team will end up here.

1) The guys who are leading the charge for the L.A. facility, Tim Leiweke of AEG and Casey Wasserman, have every intention of getting the facility built with or without an existing commit from an NFL team. And unlike what outsiders might think, these guys absolutely have the capacity and staying power, thanks to local political clout and financial resources, to get that done.

2) In talking to several San Diego-based media and political sources today, I’ve been told that the financial state of the city and county is in such disrepair that barring a miracle, there will be no new stadium for the Chargers.

The “miracle” would involve a facility erected with zero public funds. If the Chargers were serious about making that happen, the process would’ve started long ago.

It’s undisputed that the the main reason the NFL is not in Los Angeles is the old guard of NFL owners, who for so long have been accustomed to raping cities for new, free stadiums, has been unable to secure a similar, ridiculously lopsided deal in L.A.

With this new, downtown Los Angeles stadium bid, that is not going to change.

But what if the stadium gets built without the NFL’s involvement? That, my friends, is L.A.’s secret weapon in this case. Read more…

Finally! All Of The Pieces In Place For NFL-To-LA

If you asked me yesterday afternoon what the chances of an NFL team moving to L.A. were in the next five years, I’d have told you zero. I’ve contended from the very beginning that the City of Industry stadium bid by Ed Roski will never happen, and there’s been nothing in recent months to suggest otherwise.

NFL Stadiums in Los Angeles Comparison

(1201 Figueroa St.: NFL’s newest address?)

But last night here in Los Angeles something happened that makes me think we will indeed have NFL football here in the next five years. Maybe sooner. Read more…

Baby Mama: SJax Abuse Claim Not About Money

Robert Littal of BlackSportsOnline.com has Steve Jackson’s ex-girlfriend Supriya Harris responding to his claims that he did not “beat” her when she was nine months pregnant with their child.

Supriya Harris scar from alleged attack by Steven Jackson

“Domestic violence is never acceptable and I stood up, against all odds and spoke up. You can say ‘I’m a woman scorned’ but I left Steven because if his abusive nature.

“It’s a shame that people automatically think there is money involved, I simply gave my statement to police. There is no monetary gain in that action.

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Jackson Statement On Ex-Girlfriend Abuse Claims

Rams running back Steven Jackson, who was yesterday accused of abuse by a then-nine months pregnant former girlfriend Supriya Harris, released this statement today to the media via his agent:

Supriya Harris Steven Jackson

“It’s disheartening that I have to address any alleged allegations 10 months later, but I have read the accusations made by Supriya Harris, and they are untrue. he accusations are especially hurtful because those who truly know me know that those actions would be out of character for me. Miss Harris is the mother of my son, a son that I love and that I willingly support emotionally and financially. I will address this matter thoroughly through the appropriate avenues, but not through the media.”

Harris’ allegations of abuse, and alleged photo proof, were first reported by TMZ.com.

Pic Claim: Scar From SJax Attack On Baby Mama

TMZ.com has an image it claims is of a wound from an alleged attack by Steven Jackson on his nine months pregnant girlfriend Supriya Harris:

Supriya Harris scar from alleged attack by Steven Jackson

a photo of the scar Steven Jackson’s ex-girlfriend claims she bears as a result of the alleged attack at the hands of the NFL star.”

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Framed: Why Rams Fans Fell From Stands Sunday

Here’s my frame-by-frame accounting of two St. Louis Rams fans falling from the stands yesterday at the Edward Jones Dome:

Frame By Frame of Rams fans falling from stands at Edward Jones Dome

Before he exited through a tunnel covered with a soft awning, Rams Lineman Clifton Ryan threw two shoes intended for the seating area.

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Kyle Boller Bags Sex-Taped Beauty Queen Prejean

I live for non-sequiturs so I’m delighted to reported that former Miss California Carrie Prejean is now dating Rams backup QB Kyle Boller. RadarOnline.com reports the two met last summer and that Prejean recently dedicated her new book to Boller:

Kyle Boller Dating Carrie Prejean

(Delightful coupling actually first reported last August)

“To my Kyle: I am so blessed to have you in my life. You have shown me what love is. Thank you for supporting me through all this drama. I knew when we met there was something so special about you.”

Prejean’s mongrel celebrity is purely a concoction of the gossips, having kicked off when she was ambushed by blogger Perez Hilton at the Miss America pageant. When her faux fame began a slow wane, suddenly sex tapes and lurid photos of her “surfaced.”

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Rams Using Military Promo To Fill Stadium? Yecch

Some people have their way of supporting the troops (Note to self: Do not annoy Jay Glazer. He knows MMA moves and writes messages on bombs.). And others have their own ways. Take the St. Louis Rams, for instance. Desperate to fill their stadium this weekend so that their game with the Saints isn’t blacked out locally, they’re offering an unsavory exciting new promotion.

For every ticket to Sunday’s game you buy, the Rams will donate another ticket to someone in the military to see a future Rams game. Which brings to mind the obvious question: Haven’t our men and women in uniform suffered enough? Read more…

Limbaugh: ‘I’d Like To Have A Beer With McNabb’

Roger Goodell probably didn’t expect The Spanish Inquisition when he went to The Hill on Wednesday for a hearing entitled “Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries.” But that’s what he got, courtesy of Steve King of Iowa (R-Nuts), who used it as an opportunity to grill Goodell on his opposition to Rush Limbaugh as a part-owner of the Rams.

Rush Limbaugh, Donovan McNabb

But when the dust had settled from King’s attack, it was time for Rush himself to comment on the proceedings via his radio show. And that’s when the conservative talk host did a most remarkable thing: He took a page from the Barack Obama playbook. What? Has Rush Limbaugh become a liberal softy? See the quote and judge for yourself. Read more…