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NFL seeks temporary venue in Los Angeles market for 2016 season

SAN DIEGO -- The NFL confirmed that it is researching potential temporary venues that could host a team or teams in Los Angeles beginning in 2016.

Chris Hardart, NFL vice president of corporate development, acknowledged that the league has issued proposal requests to multiple venues in Southern California, including the Rose Bowl and the Los Angeles Coliseum.

"It is part of the process, and an effort to understand all of our options and have a well-thought-out plan if a team or teams were to be approved to relocate," Hardart said.

The league has two Los Angeles proposals on the table. The San Diego Chargers and theOakland Raidersproposed in February building a $1.7 billion NFLstadium in Carson.

In January, a developer and a company operated by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke unveiled plans to build a $1.86 billion, 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood, California on land he owns near Hollywood Park.

Los Angeles has not had an NFL team since the Rams and Raiders departed for St. Louis and Oakland, respectively, in 1995.

The NFL will take the lead in negotiating any agreements with the venues, which would then be assigned by the league to the team or teams that relocate.

The NFL's research into temporary venues in Los Angeles will be used as a resource when owners gather for a special meeting to discuss the potential relocation of teams to Los Angeles on Aug. 11 in Chicago.

Last summer, the Rose Bowl underwent $182 million in renovation improvements, including the addition of new suites, club seats, refurbished locker rooms and an expanded press box.

The Coliseum would need renovations in order to host an NFL team, but could benefit from the NFL using the stadium by receiving much-needed facility upgrades.

The Los Angeles Times first reported the league's pursuit of a temporary venue in Los Angeles.


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