Revival of the city's bid for a National Football League team faces a challenge from residents who have filed suit to keep the city's Rose Bowl initiative off the November ballot. Pasadena First, a group of residents and preservationists organized to keep professional football out of the city, argued in a Superior Court motion June 22 that the ballot measure is "blatantly unconstitutional." The motion seeks a preliminary injunction. A tentative July 28 court hearing was scheduled. The November initiative, if passed, would give the NFL rights to play at the Rose Bowl for up to 55 years in exchange for a $500 million-plus renovation of the stadium and $500,000 annual rent.
Pasadena Residents Attempt To Block NFL