To the editor: People, gather 'round. The NFL is flying high financially and its TV ratings continue to set records. Southern California is one of its biggest TV markets, and we watch a lot of football. TV revenue is what makes the NFL its big money. ("NFL says this time it's more serious about stadium," Feb. 21)
The NFL has been unabashedly using L.A. as a beating stick. Its formula includes the use of public money to build stadiums, and municipalities threatened with losing their team tend to succumb to NFL demands.
The quiet laughter is coming from the owners. They created this strategy. The urgency we feel over the proposed stadiums comes from business partners and politicians.
Why mess with success?
Bob Arrañaga, Eagle Rock
To the editor: Please, have mercy on your readership and stop publishing front-page stories about an NFL stadium being built.
But just in case you continue, I plan to build a stadium behind my town home in Glendale. It will seat 30 people and I will furnish each customer with a remote to get through my security gate free of charge. There will not be enough space to tailgate, but the Glendale Galleria food court is only two blocks away. It will be close to both the 5 and 134 freeways.
The first 29 people that come through the gate will get a free pompom and a T-shirt that says, "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all of the time."
Homer Alba, Glendale
To the editor: I can't wait for a football team or three to move to L.A. Then we can watch football on TV like we can watch the Dodgers.
Kelley Willis, Venice