SAN FRANCISCO _ Twenty years after attempting to broker a deal that would keep the Raiders in Southern California, Carmen Policy is working for a group intent on sending them back.
Policy, along with Carolina owner Jerry Richardson and Denver owner Pat Bowlen, were head of a committee which proposed the Raiders remain in Los Angeles and play in a new stadium at Hollywood Park.
Instead, the Raiders announced they were going back to Oakland.
“It was a huge surprise,” Policy told reporters in front of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, site of the NFL owners spring meeting. “They pulled out the morning of the press conference.
Policy will push a proposal on behalf of Carson Holdings, LLC, for a stadium in Carson which would house both the Chargers and Raiders. He said he had meetings scheduled with Raiders owner Mark Davis and Chargers executives Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning, there will be a presentation on how the two organizations, as well as the St. Louis Rams, are doing in their home markets with respect to getting a new stadium.
Policy said the Raiders and Chargers “have been going along a parallel path for while going to be a decision, and there’s going to be a decision much sooner rather than later as to the L.A. market . . .if something cannot be done in their home markets, they are not going to be left standing out there in the cold as the L.A situation unfolds.”
About 20 yards from where Policy was standing, a group of Raider fans holding “Stay in Oakland” signs and in full regalia, were hoping to catch a glimpse of Davis entering the hotel.
Asked if the dream of Raider fans to keep the team in Oakland is dead, Policy said, “I have no idea. And I’m really not getting involved in that. You have to ask the Raiders their opinion of their local market just as you’d have to as the San Diego Chargers what they think is happening in their local market.”
As was the case 20 years ago, Policy’s goals run counter to the home fan base.
“My job is to present Carson as the best possible alternative, so I would say that we are not successful if the NFL decides not to go to Carson,” Policy said.