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Someone might screw up the Dodgers worse than Frank McCourt: the NFL

May 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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File this all under speculation but over at the L.A. Times’ Dodger Blog, Steve Dilbeck talks about how moving Frank McCourt out of the way may ease the way for the NFL to return to Los Angeles.  Why? Because there have been a lot of scenarios thrown around over the years which envision the Dodgers’ ample parking lot as a new home for a football stadium, and making such a vision into reality would be way easier if the owner of said parking lot were not a highly-leveraged dude like McCourt.

Fine and dandy. I don’t really care if they build a football stadium in the parking lot because I don’t ever park there.  But this little bit of speculation regarding a currently-eyeballed downtown site for a football stadium seems like a horror show:

The most radical and intriguing idea would be for the NFL to build in Chavez Ravine — where the team could build a larger stadium than downtown and have ample parking for larger crowds and tailgating — while a new ballpark would be built downtown at the proposed convention site Anschutz Entertainment Group President Tim Leiweke is currently pushing for a football stadium.

As in: get rid of Dodger Stadium and move the boys in blue downtown.  Dilbeck talks to a guy from Yahoo! who says that’s not mere crazy speculation by bloggers, as he’s been hearing such chatter from developer and investor types.  Which I guess still makes it speculation, just not as crazy because people like that can actually put plans in motion if they wanted to.

Can I go on record as saying that Dodger Stadium, despite its recent problems, is an absolute gorgeous ballpark in which baseball should always be played?  And that if keeping the NFL from interfering with that means keeping Frank McCourt in charge of the Dodgers, I’d be on board?

Great. We’re in agreement.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Geez Craig, which is it? Change the game or not change the game? Replay = yes. Moving the dodgers = no. You can’t have it both ways! You either stay with the game the way it is and the way it has always been b/c has never ever evolved to this point OR you change everything all at once starting… Those are your two options. Compromise and reason is not an option so pick a team!

    • Paul Zummo - May 6, 2011 at 9:26 AM

      That’s a rather startling non-sequiter. Why does advocacy of one type of change mean that you have to favor all change?

  2. b7p19 - May 5, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Since keeping Frank McCourt in charge will likely mean average at best Dodger teams…yes sir, we are in agreement.

  3. Roger Moore - May 6, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Something tells me that keeping McCourt is no guarantee that the Dodgers are going to stay put in Dodger Stadium. It’s currently sitting on 300 very valuable acres right near downtown LA and with outstanding freeway access. If McCourt really needs money- and he will if he keeps the team- selling that prime real estate and moving someplace else is going to be very tempting.

  4. lanflfan - May 6, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Craig, thanks for the nice words about Dodger Stadium. A real owner can properly renovate the stadium and keep her going at least another 50 years.

    Do any of you seriously believe MLB would ever approve a sale of team property now? McCourt is getting shown the door, willingly or by the bouncer, and I can’t see MLB letting him screw the team (and thus baseball) any more than he already has. Real estate pukes can speculate all they want, at the end of the day, it’s all hog wash.

  5. gogigantos - May 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Grew up at Candelstick and thought it was heaven.
    A trip to see the Giants get swept in LA from the bleachers as a youth taught me otherwise.
    Even having experienced the cathedral that is Chavez Ravine recently and all that is wrong down there these days, Fodger ball should be played there in perpetuity.
    Some lights in the parking lot and a police presence would help, oh ya, and allowing the fans to tailgate wouldn’t be all bad.

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