FOXBORO, Mass. -- NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said yesterday that several Los Angeles city and county officials initiated the discussions about building a new football stadium in Los Angeles.
Tagliabue blasted those who have publicly opposed the project.
"There are city fathers in Los Angeles who are quite positive about it," he said before the Raiders-New England Patriots game. "We've had discussions going back three or four months with officials in Los Angeles who were very open to this kind of idea. In fact, they raised it with us before we raised it with them."
Tagliabue, worried that neither the Rams nor Raiders has a contractual agreement to keep playing in the L.A. area, said the NFL's plan has the potential to pump $1 billion into the local economy over a 10-year period.
"You get a negative response from people who have a tradition of being negative," he said. "If you want to be negative for the rest of your life, you can be that way. But you'll never make much progress."