Latest On Futures Of Chargers, Raiders

It’s conceivable that either the Chargers or Raiders could relocate to Los Angeles in the coming years, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the “ideal” scenario is for the two teams to stay where they are (Twitter link via Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com). Goodell was in attendance when the Rams broke ground on their $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood, Calif., where the Chargers have the option of sharing the soon-to-be built facility with the Rams. They must decide by Jan. 15 whether to do it, and while an extension is possible, the Chargers haven’t asked for one, Goodell revealed (Twitter link via Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News).

Chargers owner Dean Spanos said last week that he’s tabling relocation thoughts until the end of the season, which wouldn’t leave him much time to negotiate a deal with the Rams’ Stan Kroenke. His organization would gladly team with Spanos’ franchise, though, with Rams chief operating officer Kevin Damoff saying, “We’d welcome [the Chargers] with open arms” (Twitter link via Gonzalez).

Mark Davis (vertical)

If the Chargers stay in San Diego – which is possible for at least 2017 – and the Raiders’ Las Vegas plans fall through, there’s “growing support” within the league for the Silver and Black to return to LA, per Bonsignore. Although an October report indicated the NFL could force Raiders owner Mark Davis out, a high-ranking league official told Bonsignore that notion is “total BS.” On the contrary, there’s “growing admiration” for the job Davis has done since taking over the Raiders after his father, Al Davis, died in 2011.

While the league would be OK with the Raiders going back to LA, where they played from 1982-94, or staying in Oakland, Bonsignore writes that Las Vegas remains the likeliest option. The Raiders aren’t interested in remaining in Oakland, relays Bonsignore, as the city hasn’t made much known progress toward a new stadium to replace the 50-year-old Coliseum. Meanwhile, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has already signed off on $750MM in public money toward a potential $1.9 billion Raiders facility.

Davis will file for relocation in January, and once that happens, he’ll need 23 approval votes from the league’s other 31 owners to make his Las Vegas dream a reality. Goodell isn’t fully on board with the Raiders going to Vegas, but Bonsignore doesn’t expect Davis to have difficulty garnering the necessary number of votes.

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6 comments on “Latest On Futures Of Chargers, Raiders

  1. Kenny macleod

    Just like every one thought All the owners where on board with raiders going to LA last year and they didn’t get one vote. The owners don’t want raiders to go to Vegas cause they don’t wonna lose Bay Area market. The Ronnie Lott group has already submitted there plan to build Stadium in Oakland and hopefully city approves it cause if so Davis can not apply for relocation if a deal can’t get done in the city that the team resides in ……

    • JrMint

      Lose the Bay area? Wouldn’t the 49ers still occupy the Bay area?

  2. Kenny maclwod

    They say raider and 49ers split Bay Area market … 8 million people total so 4 million each. Nevada only had 1 million people total .

    • MikePLV10

      Vegas has a population of 624k, which is more than a few cities that have teams.. adding in the 39 million tourists that visit the city each year and all the added tourists that will come from the Bay Area to see games, I think the NFL and Raiders will survive!! Lmao!!

  3. HaloShane

    Let’s be real here….. It’s the Charges. They have arguably the worst organization and stadium in the NFL. The fans are not well informed when it comes to understanding the game….. This is one organization that could just go away and very few would care. HELL! Just stop and think about it. A miserable stadium, and the fans care so little about the organization that they voted the new stadium down. The Chargers without a doubt are not worth the extra tax.

  4. David E Thompson

    Seeing Mark Davis make progress in two potential locations while Dean Spanos continually goes backward in his quest for new digs tells you everything you need to know about the latter.

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