UPDATE: The LA Times’ Sam Farmer has weighed in on the vote. Here is what he said:
Vinnie Bonsignore is reporting that NFL owners have two proposal before them — both involve moving two teams to Los Angeles and both would include the San Diego Chargers.
The first option — as recommended by the NFL’s LA Committee — is Raiders and Chargers in Carson. The second option, Bonsignore wrote, is Chargers and Rams in Inglewood.
Disney Chief Bob Iger wanted a coffee. Dozens of reporters wanted a piece of him.
Within seconds, Iger, who is presenting on behalf of the Carson project found himself surrounded.
He didn’t say much, and remained mum about whether the Chargers will end up with the Rams in Los Angeles.
I don’t really want to get into the details other than that the Raiders and the Chargers are combined and they are both committed to moving to Carson.
According to the Orange County Register, and other outlets, the NFL’s powerful six-member Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities has officially recommended the Carson project with the Raiders and Chargers being the teams.
That had been rumored earlier in the day, given that the committee has at least two owners who have supported the project publicly and have made no secret that they are sympathetic to the plight of Chargers owner Dean Spanos.
One of the pillars of the Raiders argument that they should be allowed to move to Los Angeles is their claim that Oakland officials promised them 169 acres of free land in 2013 and then took it off the table.
Former Mayor Jean Quan, who was in office at the time, says that’s not quite correct.
When the this is all over, Los Angeles will likely gain two football teams, and the NFL will lose its biggest hammer to get cities to pay up for new stadiums.
So where will teams turn to extract taxpayer concessions. Maybe San Diego, maybe London. But if the Raiders are left out of Los Angeles, one report has them turning to San Antonio – or at least threatening Oakland that they may do so.
One report even states an unnamed source that the Raiders have a land deal in place for a site between San Antonio and Austin. I’ll try to ask him about that today.
NFL owners remain sequestered in a conference room here in Houston after getting final reports on proposed Los Angeles area stadium deals in Carson and Inglewood.
Presenting for the Raiders and San Diego Chargers Carson project was Disney CEO Bob Iger, who would head the project if it moves forward.
As momentum has built toward a compromise pairing of the Chargers and St. Louis Rams in Los Angeles, Chargers owner Dean Spanos and those in his circle appear more ready to fight for Carson over Inglewood than to keep the Raiders as partners in the deal.
When cornered by reporters last night, Spanos said he wouldn’t speculate on a partnership with the Rams. “Right now my focus is on Carson,” he said. “That is where my focus is at.”
They don’t wear face paint or treat every Sunday in autumn like its Halloween, but several Raiders fans living in Houston are stationed outside the Westin hotel here urging the NFL to keep their team in Oakland.
“That’s where they belong,” said Yvonne Nunez, a member of the 80-person strong Space City Raiders Booster Club.
Nunez (right) even brought her fifth-grade daughter Isabella to the hotel on a school day. “She’s an honor student.” Nunez said. “She choose to be here.”
Oakland Coliseum Authority President Scott McKibben knows the Raiders don’t want another renovation of the Coliseum. But he won’t rule it out if the Raiders are blocked from moving to Los Angeles.
If the Raiders and the NFL stick their offer of a $500 million contribution. And the city sticks to offering only $90 million for infrastructure, “you still have a pretty significant gap,” McKibben said. “And if that gap can’t be made up might Mark Davis then be open to some discussion of what a renovated stadium would look like.
Amid reports that the Raiders appear unlikely to win approval for a return to Los Angeles, the authority that runs O.Co Coliseum decided to hold a closed door discussion Friday on a lease extension for the team. See below:
But today, the authority released a revised agenda that removed the Raiders item. Continue Reading