Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Roski Will Unveil Stadium Plan for LA

Los Angeles is a lot like Charlie Brown when it comes to the NFL. No matter how many times Lucy holds the ball for us, we will still attempt to kick it.

And each time, that ball will be yanked away. Though you do tend to get numb to the pain.

Ed Roski is the latest in a long line of hucksters and snake dancers who have come to the region with promises of a stadium. Each time they fall woefully short. However, something seems different about the current stadium proposal from Roski.

It looks like it just might work.

The problem with building a stadium in California is that land is impossible to acquire and building costs are out of control. Oh, and no public funding. Residents in other areas of the world have no problem handing over tax money and land to NFL owners. Mainly because their land isn’t valuable and how much tax money are you really wasting when you have dirt roads.

California is different. The fact that the Chargers, Raiders and 49ers are playing in the worst stadiums in the NFL is no coincidence. Building in the California is nearly impossible. But Roski’s plan is already ahead of many of the numerous failed.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Roski's proposal is different from most because he controls the land necessary to build the stadium, training facilities and related development; and he already has a certified environmental impact report for the site.

The proposal suffered a setback Wednesday when state lawmakers blocked an effort by the City of Industry to divert $820 million in property tax revenue to use it for development subsidies.


If Roski is going to ask for public money, this deal is toast. If he is willing to spend his own money and use his own land, then the proposal might just work. The stadium itself is kind of ingenious. Part of the stadium will be built into a hillside, decreasing construction cost, along with all of the luxury and press boxes being housed on one side making construction a lot easier. Plus he won’t have to deal with the LA City Council or the crazy, media-whoring mayor who makes Mr. Goodell look humble.

Of course, there will be the skeptics who will complain, “but I like watching that extra game each week.” And for those people, (expletive) you. (EXPLETIVE YOU!) You know what that extra game is each week? The Giants. If anything, we should be begging for blackouts.

But in the spirit of being careful what you wish for, the stadium could start construction this fall and be ready by 2011. The same year the Raiders could get out of its lease in Oakland. Maybe Roski should keep his mouth shut.

Though – as mentioned – we’ve had the ball pulled from us so many times, we’ll wait until a team kicks off in 2011 to really get excited about this and start dreaming about what teams would move out here.



15 comments:

insomniac said...

The best strip club in Southern California is in the City of Industry. If I have to choose between the NFL and Lexis at the Spearmint Rhino, then I'm going to elect to give my money to the one with the gravity-defying implants...one folded single at a time.

Mr. Goodell said...

Keep dreaming, shitballs.

DAWUSS said...

Is that going to be the new home for USC and UCLA?


It doesn't look much like an NFL venue TBH. IMO it looks more fitting for some rock concert...

The Hatriot said...

You know, if California didn't have to subsidize the flyover states with our Federal tax dollars (look it up) we might be more willing to pay the NFL's extortion. Sadly, we are not allowed to choose between paying for Wyoming's stop signs or Jerry Jones face lift. On the other hand, isn't curious that, while the NFL demands public money as a condition for awarding a franchise, it has forbidden public ownership of any franchise since the Packers. Lastly, to paraphrase HST: That stadium is what the world would look like if the Germans had won WWII.

buckyor said...

That looks like the place where Haley Joe Osment found Gigolo Joe in A.I.

Tommy Tuck Rule said...

Wow, that is a great chunk of analysis. It looks like it was written by a real estate journalist.

The Big Picture said...

when LA gets a football stadium (and team), that's when i'll move to LA!

Bain said...

"Ed Roski is the latest in a long line of hucksters and snake dancers who have come to the region with promises of a stadium."

Psssst... you meant "snake oil salesmen" not "snake dancers."

These are snake dancers, and they cannot build your stadium.

Duncan said...

Being in the City of Industry should make the cheerleader tryouts interesting.

Hey Insomniac, are you talking about Club Paradise in CII?

Diane said...

It looks like there are too many breakable parts to host the Raiders.

Hey - I've been to a Spearmint Rhino (in Rialto?), and you're saying Spearmint Rhino's are at the top of the strip club food chain?

Damn . . .

NFL Adam said...

Consider it was in Rialto, they aren't drawing from the deepest talent pool.

Bim Bim the Bastard said...

It doesn't look much like an NFL venue TBH. IMO it looks more fitting for some rock concert...

It looks like something Richard Simmons wears while vacationing in Greece.

insomniac said...

Not all spearmint rhinos are created equal, but the one off the 60 in the city of industry has the best um.."mileage" for your lap dancing dollar.

Duncan: I haven't been to Club Paradise in many years. Perhaps more field research is in order.

NFL Adam said...

I drove by a Rhino right off the 10 in downtown LA today. Maybe that's a sign that this will happen.

Cali Tejano said...

Dean Spanos and/or Mark Fabiani announces that the San Diego Chargers are moving to LA in 3...2...1...

If you need field research on LA strip clubs, just call Pacman Jones. Right, Mr. Goodell?