3:20pm: The Rams/Chargers proposal pushed by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is on the ballot for owners, Vincent Bonsignore of the L.A. Daily News tweets. However, the proposal that would put only the Rams in Inglewood is NOT on the ballot (link).
1:48pm: The league’s L.A. committee recommended Carson over Inglewood by a vote of 5-1, with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt representing the lone dissenter, tweets Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. According to Cole, Hunt believes that if the NFL relocates to L.A., only one team should move.
1:12pm: The NFL’s meetings in Houston got underway earlier today, with the league’s owners in town to try to work out a resolution for the Los Angeles relocation issue. While Browns owner Jimmy Haslam isn’t in attendance – his wife Dee is there in his place – the rest of the NFL’s owners are reportedly involved in today’s sit-down, including Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who rarely attends league meetings.
According to several reports, the morning session in Houston has concluded, with the Inglewood and Carson presentations having been made during that meeting. Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com tweets that Disney CEO Bob Iger was the frontman for the Carson presentation, though Chargers owner Dean Spanos and Raiders owner Mark Davis also participated. That presentation went over very well with NFL owners, per Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Stan Kroenke of the Rams presented the Inglewood plan to his fellow owners.
Multiple reports have suggested that the six-owner Los Angeles committee will recommend the Carson plan over the Inglewood proposal, with Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Daily reporting that the committee has already made that recommendation. Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News (Twitter link) hears that recommendation hasn’t been formally made yet, but it does sound as if the committee is leaning toward Carson.
What does that mean? Well, it’s worth remembering that the day began with only two proposals officially on the table — Kroenke’s Inglewood stadium plan for the Rams, and the Chargers/Raiders proposal for a Carson stadium. Kaplan acknowledges that it’s unclear whether the L.A. committee is specifically recommending the Chargers/Raiders plan as is, or if the committee believes more generally that the NFL should move to Carson over Inglewood.
If a Rams/Chargers partnership, as proposed by Jones, is officially put on the table, it’s possible the committee modifies its recommendation. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link), there are still multiple owners pushing hard for a Rams/Chargers union in Inglewood.
Although a Rams/Chargers team-up in Inglewood may be the preferred outcome for many NFL owners, it remains to be seen whether Spanos will get on board. A source tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that the Chargers could get enough votes to resist a “forced marriage” with the Rams in Inglewood. Given all the bridges Kroenke has burned in St. Louis, he may be in Los-Angeles-or-bust mode, which could give the Chargers some leverage to get the Rams to come aboard their Carson project instead, Florio suggests.