NFL owners convened near Chicago’s O’Hare airport on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of Los Angeles relocation and update home-market stadium efforts for the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and the Raiders, teams with eyes on L.A.
The city of St. Louis has made significant progress on an NFL stadium proposal. The city of San Diego unveiled a plan to keep the Chargers in town on Monday afternoon, and were at this special owners meeting pitching their plan.
The city of Oakland didn’t have anything to report, and weren’t invited to this owners meeting.
There “has been no viable proposal” delivered from Oakland to the Raiders, NFL vice president Eric Grubman told reporters on hand at Tuesday’s meeting.
That isn’t a good sign. It isn’t a surprise to those following this process closely in the East Bay.
Raiders owner Mark Davis, steadfast in his desire to remain in Oakland while exploring a joint stadium proposal with the Chargers in Carson, sounded pessimistic about his current hopes to stay in town.
According to USA Today, Davis was asked whether Oakland can still work as a permanent home for his Raiders.
“I don’t know,” Davis told the newspaper.
Davis reportedly said the Raiders-Chargers proposal for the Carson project, pitched by former 49ers executive Carmen Policy, went well.
That’s a stark contrast to recent meetings about an Oakland stadium. The league met with an Oakland-Alameda negotiator Claudia Cappio and the Raiders at the team’s Alameda complex, and progress was tough to find.
San Diego-based developer Floyd Kephart released the preliminary plan for a Coliseum City development that is likely a non-starter.
No final decisions regarding L.A. relocation at this meeting. The Carson project was updated and pitched. The Rams promoted their vision for a competing stadium proposal in Inglewood. Home markets in St. Louis and Oakland were updated by league officials, and there was time for discussion among owners not considering a move to the Los Angeles area.
NFL owners will meet next in October in New York City.
Grubman was asked about the Oakland stadium issue in a press conference following the NFL owners meetings. Here's his answer in it's entirety:
"The Oakland Raiders have great fans in Oakland city and the county of Oakland and a lot broader territory, but the facts on the ground are that there’s been no viable proposal that’s been made to the Raiders," Grubman said. "We’ve said one thing consistently to any of the markets that have been engaged in trying to put forth a proposal and it really rests on a couple of pillars. One of them is that a proposal has to be specific. The second is that it has to be attractive to a team and the third is it has to be actionable.
"What actionable means is it can’t just be an idea to the extent that there is enabling legislation or enabling financing activities or there are litigation threats or anything of that nature, anything that needs to be assembled in a time frame where a club can act on it. Thus far, those sorts of tests have not been made in Oakland so as of yet, there is no proposal for the Raiders to consider."