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Football Wars: LA vs. O.C.

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The future of LA football took a dramatic turn yesterday, as it was learned that the NFL contacted Anaheim about potentially building a stadium. The proposed facility would be placed right by Angel Stadium and be paid for by the NFL or the incoming pro team.

This reportedly is all part of the proposed "Platinum Triangle" which is some kind of attempt at creating a downtown Anaheim. (Don't ask us how that affects Downtown Disney.)

So why would the NFL do such a thing? Well, it's pretty obvious. Clearly, the league is not enamored with the Coliseum site. It's never liked the Coliseum, and probably resents the goofy LA politicians from forcing them into it, when every LA economist, businessman, and developer knows that the Dodger Stadium land or South Park is a far more ideal location for a stadium. And now with Pasadena residents turning into NIMBYs on the Rose Bowl renovation, and no one able to get over the fact that Carson's site will require $80 million to cleanup a toxic landfill, is it any wonder that the NFL would turn to Anaheim? There's space. There's a history. And now the NFL has leverage.

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But LAist hopes this is just an empty threat, and that the NFL opts for LA County over The O.C. After all, the Rams played at the old Anaheim Stadium (pictured right), and LA never really supported an Orange County team, while Orange County still viewed the Rams as an LA team.

Trust us, NFL, when we tell you that Jack Nicholson is not buying 50-yard line seats for "The New A" anytime soon. The whole point is that LA needs a football team, not Orange County.