Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday that he has known about the potential sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group "for some time" but said he did not expect a change in ownership to affect the company's plans for a downtown NFL stadium.
The company -- which owns STAPLES Center and the LA Live entertainment complex as well as championship sports teams including the Los Angeles Kings and L.A. Galaxy --announced late in the day that it was being put up for sale.
Villaraigosa said in a statement that he speaks with AEG President Tim Leiweke and company owner Philip Anschutz "on a regular basis" and had been kept in the loop.
"I have the commitment from both of them that this sale will not affect plans for an NFL team to return to Los Angeles in the near future and will not affect my support for moving ahead with Farmers Field and the Convention Center site," the mayor said.
City Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district includes AEG's ...