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The Rose Bowl is Not Interested in Hosting an NFL Team

2008-1226-Pasadena-008-RoseBowlIt seems like the NFL is really coming back to Los Angeles this time, but it will not be visiting Pasadena. There are apparently viable competing stadium plans underway in both Carson (the Chargers and Raider) and Inglewood (the Rams and ?) and the NFL is now looking for a temporary venue to host one or two teams while their new home is built. (The league has never gotten to this stage in the 20 years since the NFL left LA, despite stadium attempt after stadium attempt. This is pretty real.) The NFL sent “a feeler” out recently to potential venues, including the Rose Bowl and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum—the two stadiums always considered the leading candidates for temporary hosting—as well as Dodger Stadium, the StubHub Center in Carson, and Angels Stadium in Anaheim. Yesterday the Rose Bowl Operating Committee voted unanimously not to respond to the request, reports the Pasadena Star-News.

For one thing, city officials seemed offended that they weren’t simply picked for the job. “[A Request For Proposals] to five stadiums is not an indication that the NFL wants to come here, it’s indication of a bidding war,” said a board member. “My view is that if the NFL was serious, they would not be asking the city of Pasadena — a city of our stature — to send a proposal, they would be negotiating with the Rose Bowl directly,” said a city councilmember.

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