The official NFL relocation guidelines are a weird bundle of contradictions: They exist only so that the league and its owners can threaten to move teams from city to city in search of a better deal, but they also have to give lip service to the notion that the NFL cares, really cares about keeping teams in their current homes. Unless there’s, you know, a better deal.
So you get NFL VP Eric Grubman, whose main job is to fly around the country and threaten cities that their teams will be gone if they don’t cough up the dough, going on a listening tour of St. Louis, San Diego, and Oakland to hear fans’ concerns. And sure enough, somebody asked him about the seeming contradiction:
Grubman bristled slightly when it was suggested that what took place Tuesday was a dog-and-pony show that won’t have any weight on NFL team owners when it’s time to vote on relocation to Los Angeles.
“I can’t guarantee [skeptics] what weight it’s going to have,” Grubman said. “But I can guarantee people that I’m not coming to a dog-and-pony show.”
What else might carry more weight? Why, I’m glad you asked:
Grubman says the NFL needs to see three things when it comes to the stadium plan in St. Louis.
“The first is there has to be a specific plan,” he said. “The second is it has to be actionable. And the third is it has to be attractive to a team.”
Eric Grubman cares about your feelings, NFL fans. He really cares. Just not as much as he does about money, because that’s his job, after all.