Monday, October 12, 2009
Report: LA maven to gauge 7, including Jags
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
Among the reasons for hope I have provided for Jacksonville fans asking about the possibility of the team leaving town are Wayne Weaver’s steadfast reaffirmation that he’s not looking to leave or sell and the lack of a suitor in this economy.
The second part of that is less sturdy than it was, to hear billionaire developer Ed Roski Jr. tell it.
In a meeting with the editorial board of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, he provided an update of his Southern California Stadium plan and named names when it came to potential occupants, including the Jaguars.
"Roski said the NFL always has had three conditions for a Los Angeles-area stadium: location, cost and certainty. He said his proposal meets all three and it is likely to be enticing to as many as seven teams in need of new stadiums."
"But, Roski added, 'without local ownership we'll never get this thing off the ground.'"
"Roski named as potential tenants the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers."
That list of seven includes virtually every team in the league with an economic question a stadium question or both.
There’s a long way from his wish list to approval of a stadium and an owner willing to partner with him and we haven’t heard a reaction from Weaver yet, who I expect will reassert his intentions to stay. The league's been skeptical of the possibilities in the past and L.A. hasn't ranked as a priority.
But Roski’s talk won’t do anything to quiet down the masses who look at the Jaguars' ticket sales and blackout issues and presume the team isn’t long for the region.