At the recent owners meeting, owners heard a detailed, hourlong update on the Inglewood stadium proposal and the competing vision for Carson.
The presentations impressed the owners with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a member of the league’s committee on Los Angeles opportunities, predicting two teams in L.A. by next year.
“We have some real good options,” Kraft said. “And now we’ll see what happens in the end game.”
John Mara of the New York Giants, also on the committee, didn’t commit to the idea of two teams, but indicated that a return is imminent.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who is bullish on the Inglewood stadium, said,
“A deal is in the crosshairs.”
So what NFL team(s) are thinking about moving into the second biggest market in the country?
St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has released plans for a futuristic stadium on 298 acres at Hollywood Park in Inglewood and he has the required entitlements to start construction this year.
San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis want to build on 168 acres just off the 405 Freeway in Carson, and they are weeks away from obtaining the same entitlements.
The Rams, Chargers and Raiders are unhappy because their current stadiums are outdated and — in the case of the Chargers — crumbling. All three teams are on year-to-year leases, making it easier to move.
“We have a good chance of getting back to Los Angeles soon, but I cannot speculate on exactly who, how or when,” said NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman, appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell to oversee the L.A. market. “There are too many variables that we don’t control, so if you guess now, you have a high probability of being wrong.”
The league has said no teams will relocate for this season, but has left open the possibility of one or two teams moving to L.A. for 2016. The two-month window to submit a relocation request is January through February, although the NFL has discussed accepting applications earlier to give teams more time to move.