HOUSTON -– Raiders and Chargers brass broke bread in a private room of the Westin Memorial City on Monday night, discussing details of a joint stadium proposal in Carson that could allow both teams to relocate to Los Angeles.
Disney CEO Bob Iger was there. So was Carson front man Carmen Policy.
Neither Chargers chairman Dean Spanos nor Raiders owner Mark Davis discussed the details of that meeting, but reemphasized their commitment to the Carson project.
Davis didn’t stop to speak with reporters long, but said he was “absolutely” confident in the Carson project.
That is one option up for debate at this special NFL owners meeting, taking place Tuesday and Wednesday in Houston. It is likely the league votes to approve one or two teams to return to L.A.
St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is also pushing a competing stadium plan in Inglewood. Dallas owner Jerry Jones has proposed pairing the Chargers and Rams in Inglewood, an idea gaining traction among league owners as an alternative if the Rams project or Raiders-Chargers option doesn’t have enough votes for approval.
The Chargers would have to compromise to make Jones’ plan work. There is time for a change of heart, but right now Spanos is pushing forward with Carson as his priority.
“We’ve worked a long time on this project in Carson, and we’ll see what happens,” Spanos said. “Whatever the owners decide, that will be the decision.”
Spanos wouldn’t directly address the possibility of a Rams-Chargers union despite some unsavory interactions between the two men in the past.
“I’m not going to speculate on that,” Spanos said. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens. Right now, my focus is Carson. That’s what it is. That’s what it has been.”