NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does not sound optimistic about the Chargers staying in San Diego. When asked if the city appears to be out of time to put together a plan to keep the Bolts, Goodell didn’t hesitate in his response.
“It certainly appears that is the case, yes,” he said, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The league will hold meetings on Jan. 12-13 in Houston, Texas and at that time, they’ll be voting on which team — or two — among the Raiders, Chargers, and Rams will be allowed to move to Los Angeles. Multiple owners expressed confidence that the league will be bringing at least one team to L.A. with 49ers owner Jed York saying that the “momentum” is moving towards “a decision on one or two teams in L.A.”
Here’s more on the rush to Los Angeles:
- The three cities that stand to lose teams must submit their latest plans to keep their franchises by Dec. 28, as Nate Davis of USA Today writes. “What are the home markets willing to do?” Goodell asked. “That has been a big focus of the committee.”
- Colts owner Jim Irsay says that no team has the necessary support of three-fourths of the league’s owners at this time, as Michael David Smith of PFT writes. For his part, Irsay supports the idea of two teams moving to L.A. and he doesn’t feel that any owner is averse to moving two teams.
- Raiders owner Mark Davis reiterated to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link) that he is not going to St. Louis or going to Santa Clara with the 49ers. It’s Oakland or L.A. for his Raiders, he says.
- A source tells Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (on Twitter) that if the Rams are not allowed to relocate to L.A. and if they don’t like the St. Louis deal, the team could remain year-to-year at Edward Jones Dome and maintain their free agency each offseason.