Last month, along with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Sam Farmer of the LOS ANGELES TIMES, I reported on an intriguing new downtown Los Angeles NFL stadium plan in the works. The proposed $1 billion retractable roofed facility would be financed and built by Tim Leiweke-fronted AEG and Casey Wasserman - both serious Los Angeles sports power brokers.
My instincts at the time told me the downtown plan had a very serious chance of succeeding. Now thanks to a FOX 11 newscast this week and a recent L.A. BUSINESS JOURNAL poll, it appears my initial reax was on track.
Early this month the L.A. Business Journal ran a poll asking readers which potential L.A. NFL stadium site they preferred: The proposed new downtown site or Ed Roski’s longtime City of Industry location 25 miles east of the city center. While the Biz Journal normally gets around 100 votes for its online polls, the stadium debate elicited nearly 30,000 responses.
Alfred Lee of the LABJ noted the poll results last week:
Downtown received about 45 percent of the vote; City of Industry, 40 percent. However, 15 percent said they didn’t want a football team at all. The votes appeared to be individually cast, although multiple votes were allowed early in the process, according to the Business Journal’s tech team.
Why so many votes? Lee reports that Roski and the Leiweke-Wasserman camp each initiated email campaigns to try to pump up polling support for their sides. Though from my perspective, had Roski not pushed his people to vote in the poll, the downtown location would’ve likely won in a landslide. (15 percent who voted for no NFL team? So that explains the recent carpal tunnel outbreak in the USC football office.)
While the LABJ poll is a sign of the seriousness and popularity of the downtown Los Angeles NFL Stadium bid, a local L.A. news report Wednesday perhaps gives an even clearer indication that AEG is now actively greasing the local political machinery to facilitate the project.
Jon Lovitz is being sued by the Dodgers for failure to pay for $100,000 in season ticket costs.
(Looking for his cash? Start at The Mansion)
Michael Hiltzik of the LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that thanks to complex financial manuevering, including questionable losses on real estate property, the Jamie and Frank McCourt paid zero in federal and state income taxes last year.
The McCourts, who own the Los Angeles Dodgers (so she says; he says he’s the owner and she’s not), jointly pocketed income totaling $108 million from 2004 through 2009, according to documents Jamie McCourt recently filed in the couple’s divorce case in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
On that sum, they paid zero federal and state income tax. Jamie suggests that some tax breaks will apply this year too.
Let me know if you’ve heard this one before: the allegedly legal tax scheme was primarily designed to prop-up the McCourts embarrassingly overextended, leveraged lifestyle. Read more…
Photo from the Phoenix-area residence where Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp threw a birthday party for Rihanna yesterday:
Nice to see Kemp finally learned something from Lasorda.
Tommy Lasorda Tweeted this fine photo today:
“Twitpic of the Day: I met this guy at a disabled vets event. He lost his eye and replaced it with a Dodger eye!”
Let me be the first to thank Ned Colletti for his service. (Accompanying skin flap a nice touch.)
A good friend of mine, who is a devoted Dodgers fan, sat one row in front of Tommy Lasorda last night at the Angels-Yankees game at Anaheim Stadium. Early this morning he emailed me details of Lasorda’s regrettable behavior while watching the game. Knowing what I know about Lasorda, not even counting the prostitution, porn ignorance and lies, I’m not surprised in the least.
But the actual personality of the
notorious legendary Dodger manager might be news to you, so I’ll post some of my friend’s email about Lasorda last night.
First off, for veracity’s sake, my friend told me that Lasorda sat in Sec. 113, row D, seat #10. He was joined by MLB officials. Read more…
• Is ex-Laker Rick Fox calling it quits on his basketball broadcast career?
If so, could he bring his sister Jeanene onto the show before he goes?
• This Celtics-Bulls series is turning into an instant playoff classic.
• Trev Alberts: Form the TV analyst’s chair to the athletic director’s chair.
• Tommy Lasorda visits with the troops - but he’s not looking so well.
• Under Armour recalls over 200,000 athletic supporters. Well, ain’t that a shot to the balls.
Lasorda either needs to start patronizing the Koo Koo Roo menu more often or the pic was snap just as he found out Iraq recently enacted an embargo on all lesbian porn-related products. (I’m guessing the assassination of Saddam’s sons cleared the way for the ban.)
When it comes to anything Dodgers related, everyone should know to take anything Tommy Lasorda says with a grain of salt - in his mind, the team has never done anything wrong, ever. And when you’re talking about Mike Piazza, we’re talking about massive quantities of salt. Enough to make the Great Salt Lake look like a small pond. So I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that, as the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS reports, Lasorda is incredulous about accusations in a new book that Piazza took steroids.
SI writer Jeff Pearlman’s new book “The Rocket That Fell To Earth” is primarily about Roger Clemens, but it also touches on several other stars and steroid use, including Piazza. Along with anonymous sources, former major leaguer Reggie Jefferson goes on record in the book claiming that Piazza’s steroid use was hardly a secret: