With Frank McCourt clashing with Major League Baseball over control of the Dodgers, the uncertainty over the team’s future has some sports fans talking about a football team joining the Dodgers on their 350-acre property next to Elysian Park. Previous owners, including Walter O’Malley, have tried and failed to attract an NFL franchise to Chavez Ravine in the face of financial issues, competing stadium proposals and, of course, fierce opposition from residents living in Echo Park, Solano Canyon and the other neighborhoods that ring the stadium property. The most recent round of speculation of a hilltop football stadium began when Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday published a story by writer Jason Cole titled “Dodger’s woes could open door for NFL.” Cole writes:
Assuming MLB Commissioner Bud Selig does the dirty work and new ownership results, the possibility of reviving Dodger Stadium as a future home for an NFL team just got brighter. At least some people in L.A. with the power to help the NFL return understand the situation … If someone with extremely deep pockets (such as Anschutz) could buy the Dodgers, build a football stadium next to Dodger Stadium and then buy a football team, the marketing possibilities could be endless.
In a totally difference scenario, Cole said Anschutz or some other group could buy the Dodgers and move them to a new downtown stadium. Cole, however, failed to guess what would would happen to the 350-acres of land the team would leave behind.