Stalled negotiations between the city of Oakland, California, and the NFL’s Raiders franchise may have major implications for the league’s possible return to Los Angeles. The league’s 32 owners and top executives met in Chicago on Tuesday to hear updates from the Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams, the three franchises in consideration for relocation to Los Angeles.
All three franchises have threatened to pursue stadium projects in Los Angeles if officials in their current markets were unable to present a viable alternative in those markets. While officials in San Diego and St. Louis have each made progress in presenting “actionable” solutions, the city of Oakland has yet to present the Raiders with a plan to upgrade or replace that city's stadium, said Eric Grubman, head of the NFL's Los Angeles task force.
“As of yet, there is no proposal for the Raiders to consider,” Grubman said.
The 32 owners heard presentations this week for the Raiders and Chargers’ joint stadium proposal in Carson, California, as well as a separate project in Inglewood, California, backed by Rams owner Stan Kroenke. No vote was taken on any aspect of a potential Los Angeles relocation, and Grubman stressed the league would not proceed until an “actionable” plan was in place.
The NFL has begun preliminary discussions about the use of temporary facilities to house an NFL team during construction of a new Los Angeles-area stadium, Grubman added. He declined to specify which stadiums the league has considered, but said it would not rule out a “nontraditional” solution.
“We have multiple options, multiple discussions going on. …. We’re confident we’re going to have a solution whether it’s one team or two teams,” Grubman said.
The NFL is said to be uninterested in using the Los Angeles Coliseum, Pasadena's Rose Bowl or Anaheim's Angel Stadium as a long-term site.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the owners' meeting provided a status update on Los Angeles projects and stressed the league had not established a timeline for relocation. Owners would establish a relocation fee -- money a relocating franchise would have to pay for the right to move -- by “sometime this fall,” Goodell said, the Washington Post reported.
Discussions among the league’s owners and executives centered on determining “what it takes to be successful in Los Angeles,” Goodell said. “For us right now, there isn’t a possibility that we’ve taken off the table.”