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NFL seeks temporary venues in L.A. for 2016 season


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The NFL is researching potential temporary venues that could host a team or teams in Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the league on Thursday began issuing proposal requests to multiple venues in Southern California — among them the Los Angeles Coliseum and Rose Bowl — with the intent of securing a temporary home in the event of a return to the market.

Chris Hardart, NFL vice president of corporate development, confirmed that the process has begun.

“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 told the Times.

There are two Los Angeles-area new stadium proposals being considered.

The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders have joined forces and proposed in February building a $1.7 billion NFL stadium 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 on land he owns near Hollywood Park.

The Los Angeles market has been without a team since 1995, when the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders returned to Oakland.

NFL owners added a special meeting set for Aug. 11 in Chicago to discuss potential plans for relocating a team to Los Angeles in 2016.

According to the Times, the primary tenants in the Rose Bowl and Coliseum — UCLA and USC, respectively — have veto rights in regard to sharing those stadiums with NFL teams.

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