The Latest: USC open to modifying LA Coliseum name change

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              In this Sept. 2, 2017 photo, fans fill the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during a University of Southern California NCAA college football game in Los Angeles. United Airlines offered Friday, March 29, 2019, to withdraw from a $69 million deal to change Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum into United Airlines Memorial Coliseum following criticism that adding a corporate name is disrespectful to the facility's history of honoring troops who fought and died in World War I.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on controversy over plans to change the name of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (all times local):

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The University of Southern California says it’s amenable to accepting the wishes of veterans and modifying a name change for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as long as corporate sponsor United Airlines agrees.

USC issued a statement Friday after United Airlines offered to withdraw from a $69 million agreement over criticism that the change would dishonor the facility’s history as a World War I memorial.

The university said it would accept the name United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum instead of the planned United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.

USC noted that the contract would have to be modified but didn’t elaborate.

Naming rights are part of USC’s long-term lease that calls for extensive renovations of the nearly century-old stadium.

Criticism of the name change grew this week after the commission’s president wrote a strongly worded commentary.