Colts owner Jim Irsay says there’s a “high likelihood” that there will be one or two NFL teams playing in Los Angeles by the 2016 season, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times tweets. Meanwhile, it was previously reported that if the NFL were to put only one team in L.A. for 2016, that they would not be following up with a second club later on. When asked if that’s the case, however, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (link) said, “No. Emphatically, no.”
Of course, there are also some secondary matters for the league to address when it comes to Los Angeles. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan told Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports (on Twitter) that while there’s been a lot of discussion, there is still no resolution on the matter of L.A. relocation fees or temporary venues for a team (or teams) to play in while a permanent stadium is built. On the whole, Khan feels that the NFL in L.A. will happen in 2016, but added (link), “The best solution might be something that’s not even presented. There might be Plan C.”
The Chargers have been heavily linked to L.A., of course, but San Diego will not give them up without a fight. The mayor of San Diego has been personally contacting NFL owners about his city’s latest stadium funding plan, sources tell Dan Graziano of ESPN.com (via Facebook) and while the league is impressed with the plan, there are serious roadblocks. The mayor likely can’t bring it up for a vote before January at the earliest and the NFL believes it will have made a decision on which team(s) will relocate to Los Angeles by then. Also, the Chargers are working to make their Carson project happen and likely aren’t in a position to throw real support behind San Diego’s plan.
Recently, we learned that Rams owner Stan Kroenke is reportedly more willing to share his proposed Inglewood stadium with another club than originally thought. However, it remains unclear whether that other club would be Kroenke’s “tenant” or if it would have more of an “equity” stake in the stadium. Kroenke, of course, prefers the former option, but he is open to a more equitable arrangement as well, which would require a significant financial investment from the second team. Some owners are against the idea of the Rams going to L.A. since it appears that they have a viable stadium offer on the table in St. Louis, but Kroenke appears determined to head west.