Chargers, Raiders owners meet with L.A-area officials about stadium

Wednesday July 1st, 2015

The owners of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders met with Los Angeles and Carson, Calif., officials on Tuesday to discuss possible stadium deals involving both teams.

A spokesman for Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that talks took place between Chargers owner Dean Spanos, Raiders owner Mark Davis and Garcetti.

Spanos and Davis also met with the Los Angeles City Council president and county supervisor, along with Carson mayor Albert Robles and and a Carson city attorney.

"While Mayor Garcetti frequently meets with companies looking to do business in Los Angeles, we are mindful that the Chargers, Raiders and Rams are still actively discussing stadium deals in their current cities and the NFL has not yet approved a team moving," spokesman Jeff Millman said.

The Carson City Council unanimously approved a $1.7 billion NFL stadium plan in April, with the new facility to be shared by the Chargers and Raiders.

2015 NFL off-season report cards

Last week, Coliseum City emissary Floyd Kephart released a financing report, saying the earliest the Raiders could play in a new stadium in Oakland would be 2020, if the team doesn’t move back to Southern California.

San Diego officials hope that a public vote on a new $1.4 billion stadium could happen as soon as December, but the Chargers are not confident that the measure would pass.

NFL owners are set for a meeting in August regarding the Los Angeles stadium situation.

Meanwhile, in Missouri, lawmakers are trying to stop Gov. Jay Nixon from working on plans to build a new $985 million NFL riverfront stadium in St. Louis.

The lawmakers filed suit against Nixon and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, saying that building a stadium to replace the aging Edward Jones Dome is a misuse of taxpayer dollars for an “illegal purpose.”

Rams owner Stan Kroenke bought 60 acres of land adjacent to the Forum and Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., last year and teamed up with Stockbridge Capital Group on plans to build a $1.86-billion, 80,000-seat NFL stadium.

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