Sep 19, 2019

SoFi Stadium's $5 billion price tag makes it the NFL's most expensive venue

Courtesy: Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park

SoFi Stadium at Hollywood Park, the future home of the Rams and Chargers, will cost roughly $5 billion to build, making it the priciest NFL venue by a mile, per the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: Hollywood Park will also feature residences, hotels, retail spaces, public parks, a concert venue and office space. Add it all up and the complex could cost $10 billion, making it one of the largest privately financed projects in the country.

  • Private lender SoFi will reportedly pay more than $30 million annually over 20 years to put its name on the stadium — the most ever paid for stadium naming rights.

What's next: In addition to housing the Rams and Chargers, SoFi Stadium is already set to host the Super Bowl in 2022, the College Football Playoff championship in 2023 and the Olympics in 2028.

Go deeper: The skyrocketing cost of NFL stadium naming rights

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Iranian women freely attend soccer game for first time in almost 4 decades

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Iranian women were freely allowed Thursday to attend a World Cup qualifying soccer match in Tehran for the first time since 1981, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: It marks a significant step in the push for increased gender equality in Iran and turned the team's throttling of Cambodia (final score: 14-0) into what the Times branded one of "the most consequential sporting events to be played in years."

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Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey gets his wish with a trade to the Rams

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A month after his trade request, Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey got his wish and was sent to the Rams yesterday in exchange for two 1st-round picks (and a 4th-rounder).

Why it matters: In addition to shaking up the current NFL season, this trade may have also "ushered in a new era of how NFL superstars view and wield their power," writes WashPost's Adam Kilgore.

Go deeperArrowOct 16, 2019

AT&T considers dropping DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket deal

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AT&T COO John Stankey said that the telecom giant would consider dropping its exclusive rights to the NFL's Sunday Ticket package from its DirecTV satellite service in a Wall Street Journal interview.

Why it matters: The package features most Sunday NFL games — some of the most popular programming on television — and the deal has long been a cornerstone for DirecTV.

Go deeperArrowSep 27, 2019