Raiders talking with L.A. stadium planner

Raiders talking with L.A. stadium planner
June 10, 2011, 5:39 pm
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June 10, 2011RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOCSNBayArea.com staff

The Raiders moved to Los Angeles once. Might they move their again?

According to a report in the Orange County Register, the president of the sports and entertainment company seeking to build an NFL stadium in downtown L.A. says he's spoken to officials from five pro football franchises about a possible move.

The Raiders are among those teams.

Anschutz Entertainment Group's Tim Leiweke said Thursday that he has spoken with representatives from the Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars.

He says the most recent discussion took place a week ago, but hasn't specified which team those talks were with.

Raiders CEO Amy Trask offered the following response when contacted Friday by CSNCalifornia Insider Paul Gutierrez:

The team is not for sale. It will remain in the Davis family. Trask said.

AEG has proposed building a 72,000-seat stadium at a cost of 1 billion on part of the city's convention center campus.

A rival stadium project has been proposed for eastern Los Angeles County by a company that has also not yet secured a team.

"As L.A. knows, if they can get a stadium, they can knock on the door," Raiders owner Al Davis was quoted saying last year.

AEG owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as Staples Center in L.A., Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Sprint Center (Kansas City), Citizen's Business Bank Arena (Ontario), The Rose Garden (Portland), WaMu Theatre (Seattle), American Airlines Arena (Miami), Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie, Texas), Colosseum at Caesars Palace (Las Vegas), Target Center (Minneapolis), Nokia Theatre (New York's Times Square), Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia), Wukesong Arena (Beijing), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam), Globe Arenas (Stockholm), Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha), O2 Hamburg arena (Hamburg), O2 World arena (Berlin) and The O2, a 28-acre development located in the eastern part of London along the Thames River which includes a 20,000-seat arena.

The company also owns sports franchises, including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Manchester Monarchs (AHL), Reading Royals (ECHL), Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), two hockey franchises in Europe, the Hammarby (Sweden) Futbol Club and management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers.