Let’s take a look at stadium-related news, all of which happens to come from the West divisions:
- Raiders owner Mark Davis told reporters today, including Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com, that the club is planning to sign a one-year lease to remain in O.co stadium for the 2015 season. Despite rumors that the team could move to Los Angeles, Davis spoke as though he’s committed to Oakland. “We’re working hard to stay here,” Davis said. “We’re not using any other city as leverage. It’s not that way. It’s known that, no matter what we do here, it will not be as valuable as if we went somewhere else. That’s known. But we still want to be here. Finances are not the No. 1 goal of this organization.” As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk adds, Davis says that he’s willing to contribute $500MM to the cost of building a new stadium in the Bay Area. For reference, the new Vikings stadium is set to cost more than $1 billion, so the city of Oakland would presumably foot about 50% of the bill to get a new building started.
- Like the Raiders, the Rams have been tied to the LA area — Rams owner Stan Kroenke has been unequivocal in his plans to build a stadium in the Hollywood area, jeopardizing St. Louis’ chance to keep its club. NFL executive Eric Grubman, who oversees the LA market, met with the St. Louis stadium task force on Thursday, and was blunt in his directive for the city, according to Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Take the plan and get it done,” Grubman said, referring to the city’s recent unveiling of stadium blueprints.
- Meanwhile, a third team that’s been linked to Los Angeles — the Chargers — have been growing frustrated with the city of San Diego’s lack of progress on a new stadium, writes Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. Owner Dean Spanos has been working to get city approval for a new building for twelve years, per Gehlken, and the club’s displeased reaction to mayor Kevin Faulconer’s rough stadium agenda could be a sign that the Chargers are aiming to leave San Diego.