“The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, rivals on the field, are moving forward together on a plan to build a $1.7-billion NFL stadium in Carson that they will share,” reports the authoritative football reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Sam Farmer.
The article continues, “The Chargers and Raiders will continue to seek public subsidies for new stadiums in their home markets, but they are developing a detailed proposal for a privately financed Los Angeles venue in the event they can’t get deals done in San Diego and Oakland by the end of this year, according to the teams.”
Farmer adds, “This latest high-stakes move was precipitated by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who announced in January his plan to build an 80,000-seat stadium on the land that used to be Hollywood Park.”
Neither of the two stadiums would require public monies, but both stadiums would require voter approval to be built, the story notes.
The NFL would likely approve two teams moving to Los Angeles, but not three.
In a sidebar article writer Farmer poses a number of questions and answers, including these two:
We’ve been down this NFL-in-L.A. road so many times before. Isn’t this another instance of the league creating leverage to sweeten the deals in other cities?
Leverage always comes into play. But this situation is much different, in that it was generated by existing NFL owners, not somebody in L.A. trying to push a stadium concept. Those owners are saying they can’t get it done in their current cities, and they have control of viable stadium sites in the L.A. area. That has never happened before.
So with this situation building to a crescendo, what does it mean for the NFL in L.A.?
It’s going to be awfully hard for the league to punt this time.