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Los Angeles stadium effort gets legal boost from bill

LOS ANGELES — The developer behind a $1.2 billion plan to build a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles got a key boost Tuesday with a law that will help it avoid lengthy court fights.

Billing the measure as a job creation push, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill (SB 292) at a Los Angeles Convention Center ceremony with executives from Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is proposing to build a 72,000-seat stadium next to the convention center.

With California's unemployment rate in double digits, Brown said the stadium, to be called Farmer's Field, would create 12,000 construction jobs and 11,000 permanent jobs.

"This is the way we get people working," he said.

The bill would expedite resolution of legal challenges to AEG's project, sending lawsuits over its environmental impact directly to the California Court of Appeal and bypassing the Superior Court. The stadium could break ground as early as June if it passes environmental muster and secures an NFL team.

Cowboys live on edge

ARLINGTON, Texas — Say this much about the Cowboys under Jason Garrett: They sure don't get blown out.

Over their past nine games, the Cowboys have won or lost by a field goal every time. It's the longest such streak in NFL history — by three, of course. Dallas is 5-4 in this stretch, including Monday night's 18-16 victory over the rival Redskins.

"When the whole season ends up getting written and the book's done on the year, they don't ask you what happened in Week 2 or 3 or 4 or 6, why you lost or won. It's a 'W' or an 'L,' " Romo said. "Some are ugly. Some you win going away. But at the end of the year, you need the wins."

GRIMM DONE, TICKETS SCARCE: As expected, the Bucs placed safety Cody Grimm on season-ending injured reserve with a right knee injury. He was injured Sunday trying to make a tackle on Atlanta's Michael Turner. Also, the team is close to a sellout for its game Monday against the Colts at Raymond James Stadium. The team said there were 2,000 tickets remaining for its first Monday Night Football appearance since 2008.

GOODELL ON STERN: Commissioner Roger Goodell said he has talked to NBA counterpart David Stern — who, as Goodell did over the summer, is dealing with a labor stoppage — but says he has no recommendations. "I don't give him any advice," Goodell said. "He's the dean. He gives us advice."

EAGLES: The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that quarterback Michael Vick is expected to start Sunday against the 49ers despite a deep bone bruise in his right hand. The swelling in Vick's right (non-throwing) hand still has to lessen enough for him to grip the football.

49ERS: The team doesn't know whether it will have the financing to build a new stadium near its practice facility in Santa Clara but was optimistic enough to unveil plans for one. In June 2010, Santa Clara voters passed the team's plan to build the 68,500-seat stadium.

JETS: Quarterback Mark Sanchez has no concerns about a "minor break" in his nose — even if it means fewer magazine covers for now. The recent GQ cover boy was cleared to practice this week. "It feels a lot better now, and we'll just worry about it after the season," Sanchez said on 1050 ESPN Radio. "It's no big deal." Also, offensive lineman Robert Turner (broken leg) and tight end Jeff Cumberland (torn right Achilles' tendon) went on injured reserve.

SAINTS: Former special teams player Steve Gleason, who revealed over the weekend that he has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, was awarded a Super Bowl XLIV ring and a key to the city of New Orleans during a surprise party. … Garrett Hartley (hip) was placed on injured reserve, ending his season and leaving 41-year-old John Kasay as the kicker.

TEXANS: Running back Steve Slaton was released and Chris Ogbonnaya was signed from the practice squad.

Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.

Los Angeles stadium effort gets legal boost from bill 09/27/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 11:20pm]
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