With the clock running out on a proposal to build a pro football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, developer
Citing progress in talks with the
The request will test city officials’ recently stated resolve to stop pining for an NFL franchise to come downtown and get to work on a “Plan B” for the convention center that doesn’t include a stadium. That plan calls for modernizing the convention center while possibly adding a big 1,000-room hotel to help serve it.
Under a 2012 agreement, AEG has until Oct. 17 to sign a team. It is then to demolish the obsolete West Hall of the convention center and replace it with a stadium. It must also build a new $287-million convention center wing to be paid for with stadium proceeds.
Eric Grubman, an NFL executive vice president whose responsibilities include working on the return of a team to L.A., said the league supports AEG's request for more time.
"The discussions are very preliminary, but we are encouraged enough by recent progress that we share AEG's view that continued conversations would be worthwhile," Grubman told The Times in a written statement Monday.
“We've now brought negotiations between L.A. and the NFL further along than ever before, and combined with AEG's experience transforming Downtown with
"I support an extension for AEG at this time because it would help Los Angeles make a better case for landing a team, ultimately allowing our city to score the 'touchdown' -- with or without a team," he said.
Many NFL insiders believe the L.A. site with the most momentum is the 60-acre parcel purchased in December by