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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

USC considering a move to the Rose Bowl ?

Allow for this thought, would the University of Southern California, aka USC, leave the Coliseum for the Rose Bowl ?

Before you dismiss outright this question, consider the fact that USC and one of the historically inept public commission, the Coliseum Commission, have been deadlock on a future lease agreement for USC Football.
This impasse has the University engaging Pasadena about playing future home games in the Rose Bowl as early as Fall of 2008. The deadlock between the University and the Coliseum Commission centers around the lease proposal by USC to be the "feature tenant" in exchange for a 10 year lease deal that would see USC commit $100 million dollars toward stadium renovations. The University also wants the exclusive rights to market the Coliseum for events such as concerts and other special events.
The Coliseum Commission for their part are clinging to some forlorn hope that the NFL will listen to the likes of Councilman Bernard Parks and relocate a team to the historic stadium. Thus do not want to give USC the "feature role" at this time.
It is this type of "myopic vision and foresight" that chased the formerly "Los Angeles Rams" to Anaheim in 1979. UCLA then lefted for Pasadena soon after. Then after luring Nate Holden's favorite team , the Oakland Raiders south in 1982, cause Al Davis to take $9 Million to look at some Gravel Pit in Irwindale and scamper back to the Bay area in 1995.
If USC were to leave the Coliseum for Pasadena, this would deal a potentially fatal blow to the revitalization of the "Figueroa Corridor".
So for all sports fans and especially the "Trojan Family", will USC "fight on" in the Coliseum ? Or will the Coliseum Commission solidify itself as the "Champion of Ineptness" ?
I think that "Gravel Pit" in Irwindale is still avalible

Afternoon Update: USC- Rose Bowl Talks involve 1-year deal

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Blogger Valley Doll said:

Red Spot, man oh man, I can't even wrap my mind around the concept of having to drive to Pasadena to see the Trojans play "at home". Ugh. It makes me feel dirty even thinking about it. ::shudders::

It's only right to see them play thar on one day, and one day only ... Rose Bowl Day, baby!!

I gotta go scrub the "ugh" off me now. Like Meryl Streep in "Silkwood".

ugh. ::scrunches nose::

Fight on!

November 27, 2007 8:54 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


November 27, 2007 9:21 PM  

Anonymous mickey finn said:

Perhaps it's time to rid ourselves of the Coliseum commission. Once again, they've proven the only plan they have is no plan.

November 27, 2007 9:53 PM  

Anonymous One Who Knows said:

For openers, Spot old boy, The Coliseum Commission is NOT a County Commission. How could it be with City Councilman Parks as its Chair?

The entire park, known as Exposition Park (with a few small exceptions), is owned by the State of California. It is actually the 6th Agricultural District of the State. The State leases to the Coliseum Commission.

The Coliseum Commission is a Joint Powers Commission, composed of three members from the state, three from the county and three from the city.

By charter, the three state members are members of the California ScienCenter Board, three County Commissioners are all Supervisors, and two of the city Commissioners are members of the City Parks & Recreation Board, and one is a Councilmember.

USC pays less than any other major college for the privilege of playing in a stadium that is not owned by them. The negotiations are ongoing and there is little likelyhood of the Trojans going to the Rose Bowl, one of the worst venues in America in which to watch a game.

The Rose Bowl is uncomfortable and when it rains, the parking is a nightmare, with the golf course going muddy.

The neighbors have a strict limit on numbers of events because they do not like their yards to be trashed; the Coliseum neighbors put their kids through college with the bucks they earned parking on their front lawns and rear yards.

Fear not; it is just Mike Garrett once again showing that he played too much football without a helmet.

They just built a ton of parking for the Galen Center that doubles for the Coliseum; they'd lose the revenue from that as well.

The Trojans are going nowhere; they will play in the Coliseum next year and for the next fifty years.

Fight On!!!

November 28, 2007 1:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wherever they play, they're gonna have their butts kicked in good by UCLA. Go, Bruins!

Double touch luck, Bitter Bernie and UCLA-hating Alarcon! This one's for you!

November 28, 2007 2:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It was reported weeks ago that the NFL will not have a team here in LA. IF USC goes to Rose Bowl then that should make Zuma Dogg very happy cause Bitter Bernie won't be giving away thousands of dollars in special event waivers for his rich buddies at USC.

November 28, 2007 6:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One who knows: you don't. The Rose Bowl is beautiful venue with great sight lines. Yeah, it's an old stadium with crampped seats and can be traffic nightmare...but so's the Coliseum.

Pasadena residents' yards don't get trashed. The big majority of residential streets are blocked off to everyone but the people that live on those streets. They've had event limits put in place because of the traffic hassles.

And why is parking in someone's front yard ok, but parking (and tailgating) on a golf course bad?

This may well be a negotiating ploy, but it just that when the alot of teams left the Coliseum and the Sports Arena for better stadiums and better deals (Chargers, Lakers & Kings, Bruins, Rams, Raiders). Or the Commission could finally give up on the NFL pipedream, actually negotiate in good faith, and get $100 million to fix up the Coliseum (hmmm, non-taxpayer money too). Do they really want to risk it?

And, oh yeah, go Bruins!

November 28, 2007 10:28 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Possible homes for the "BOIS OF TROY"

1. Dodger Staduim, McCourts will do anything for a buck. Small capacity though.

2. Anaheim Stadium, longshot but "BOIS" have large group in the closet O.C. way.

3. Gravel Pit in Irwindale, not all wishes come true, ask Al Davis.

4. Rose Bowl, maybe for one year if the "BOIS" behave. Afterwards, get a new home.


November 28, 2007 4:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

O.K. enough of your stupid comments the move to the Rose Bowl is a great idea. O.K. so the seats aren't the best and of course we'll have to share with that other team but that would only be for a little while because if our team moves there you can bet that they will offer the same deal to the City of Pasadena and believe me they will take it. And then the other team will be looking for a new home because after all they are a STATE school (not alot of extra cash to offer anyone!) So I say move on to greener pastures and a much better neighborhood. Remember before the other team started playing at the Rose Bowl it was offered to U.S.C. first and we turned it down. Bye Bye bruins......

November 28, 2007 10:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Miracles happen, girlies, but not two in a row.

USC is focused this year, and will not be upset by a team with a fourth string, walk-on QB.

The 20 points by which the Trojans are favored is low; they will pile on on Saturday just to say how much they care about last year.

If i were a Bruin rooter, I think I'd prefer to stay home where no one could see me weep...

November 28, 2007 11:48 PM  

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