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Casino May Doom L.A.'s NFL Hopes

The head of a group trying to land an NFL expansion team in Los Angeles owns a Las Vegas casino in apparent violation of league rules.

Edward Roski Jr., who operates the Silverton Hotel Casino and RV Park, said he was unaware of the conflict.

"The rule is that an NFL owner is prohibited from having an ownership interest in a casino," league spokesman Greg Aiello said.

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    Roski is trying to beat two rivals for a 32nd NFL team with his New Coliseum project. However, this latest development makes his bid less certain.

    "If there is such a rule, I would have to discuss with the NFL what the alternatives are," Roski said.

    Roski and his partners are competing with former Hollywood super agent Michael Ovitz, who wants to build a stadium in Carson, and a group in Houston. The NFL could award the franchise at its Feb. 16 meeting in Dallas.

    The newest expansion team is not scheduled to begin play until 2001 or 2002.

    "I've got plenty of time to look at it," Roski said in Friday's Los Angeles Times.

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