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Bid Dropped To Bring NFL to LA

2 August 2000

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – August 2, 2000 – As reported by Associated Press: "Developer Edward Roski Jr. abandoned plans to buy an NFL franchise after spearheading a failed attempt by Los Angeles last year to land an expansion team.

"He now wants to broker a deal to bring the Arizona Cardinals to Los Angeles if Arizona voters fail to approve a November referendum to build a domed stadium.

"…Under NFL rules, Roski could not have become an NFL owner because of his gambling ties. He would have had to divest himself of his casino holdings.

"Roski, the developer who built the $400 million Staples Center, wants to bring an NFL team to Los Angeles as early as next season. If the Cardinals are lured West, Roski said they could play at the Rose Bowl next year while the Coliseum is being renovated.

"…Cardinals spokesman Paul Jensen said the team was committed to remaining in Arizona. A franchise cannot entertain talks about relocating during the season until after January's Super Bowl.

"…Al LoCasale, assistant to Oakland Raiders managing general partner Al Davis, said the Raiders hold the NFL rights to the Los Angeles market..."

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