On the same day the NFL invited the St. Louis task force in charge of putting together a stadium plan to keep the Rams in Missouri, the league’s point man on Los Angeles, Eric Grubman, met with representatives of the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and the mayor and city attorney of the city of Carson, where the Raiders and Chargers have partnered to build a stadium.
The meeting, according to a source, went very well and duck tapes nicely with the upcoming vote by the Carson City council next Tuesday, at which time the Raiders and Chargers stadium plan is expected to be entitled.
When that happens, Carson will be neck and neck with the Rams Inglewood stadium project.
It’s also worth noting the NFL – after meeting this week with the San Diego task force – is not happy with progress on the San Diego stadium front to keep the Chargers. The financing plan relies too heavily on the surrounding development around the stadium, tapping into revenue streams the NFL deems property of the Chargers, and the project will take too long to be entitled.
The NFL also went to Oakland to talk to city leaders there about the stadium plan intended to keep the Raiders at the site of their current stadium, but there has been little information coming out of the meeting.
Not trying to read too much into that, but it sure seems conspicuous the Raiders and Chargers and Carson leaders met with Grubman immediately after his meeting with Oakland leaders.
And that circles us back to the St. Louis task force meeting next week with the NFL’s stadium committee, where the task force will update the committee on it’s stadium plan in St. Louis.
Grubman told me today not to read too much into the St. Louis task force going to New York – while San Diego and Oakland’s stadium leaders won’t be there – saying: “Markets will update as necessary when they are making progress on a specific project. No need for updates if there are no specifics”
And while that is true, it’s obvious St. Louis has an update it wants to present to the NFL as it fights to keep the Rams.
And that is significant as we move along to a solution.
As we stand here today, Carson and St. Louis are making progress.
San Diego isn’t.