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NOTHING NEW ON THE COLISEUM FRONT.

Byline: BILLY WITZ Staff Writer

NFL owners will meet today to decide whether to contribute $300 million to a new stadium in New York, but any talk of a stadium deal in Los Angeles remains as frozen as the ice at Rockefeller Center.

``My position hasn't changed. I think it's dead,'' said Coliseum Commission member David Israel after Wednesday's monthly meeting of the nine-member board.

Little has changed for the Coliseum since it became clear in late October that the NFL was in no hurry to return to Los Angeles or Anaheim. Coliseum officials continue to occupy themselves with negotiations for a new lease with the state, and on talks with USC, which has expressed interest in running the facility if the NFL is out of the picture.

The Coliseum and the state, which is represented by the California Science Center board, have continued discussions on a new 49-year lease agreement after the old one expired last year. A land swap, in which the Coliseum would give several small Exposition Park parcels to the state in exchange for lower rent, remains the centerpiece of the deal, Coliseum general manager Pat Lynch said.

An agreement with the state could be in place early next year, which would allow the Coliseum to reach a long-term deal with USC to renovate and operate the stadium. Lynch and USC vice president Todd Dickey said the parties are not yet negotiating because USC is still studying the ins and outs of how the Coliseum is operated.

``We're in the due diligence stage,'' said Dickey, who expects negotiations to begin next month. ``Like how much does the Coliseum cost to maintain. These are all things we never knew before.''

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Dec 7, 2006
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