NFL to meet on Veterans Day to hear latest proposals to end the L.A. relocation war

Mark down November 11 as the day to mourn the senseless loss of 38 million lives in World War I. Also, the day for St. Louis, San Diego, and Oakland to make their latest stadium presentations to the NFL.

Not that either is likely to provide any new news: We already know how those cities’ stadium plans are turning out (if not quite as definitively as the Great War, then close enough), so don’t expect any sudden surprises. And the presentations will take place in a closed NFL meeting room, and the league has said that no owners will be available for interviews afterwards, so there’s not even likely to be any good tea-leaf reading opportunities.

Behind closed doors, at least, the presentations are likely to give owners something to chew on, so maybe later in November we’ll be treated to some insider gossip about who’s siding with or against whom, which is always fun. As always, I’d prefer some coverage of whether any of these stadium plans — in the three current NFL cities or in L.A. — make any damn sense, but I guess if I want that job done, I’m just going to have to do it myself.

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5 comments on “NFL to meet on Veterans Day to hear latest proposals to end the L.A. relocation war

  1. Any idea what the timetable of owner’s meetings are beyond these useless/secret “update” meetings and the Jan relocation filing deadline?

    On the Oakland front, I don’t think the mayor will get a lot of love from the NFL in NY based upon her pre-meeting press release:

    “Mayor Libby Schaaf confirmed she will attend Wednesday’s meeting with the NFL’s Los Angeles stadium and finance committee. This is Oakland’s first opportunity to present to the group of league owners.

    “We’ll show how everything from Oakland’s growing economic momentum and urban vitality to the team’s die-hard regional fan base make it clear that there is no better time for a major league team to be located in, or associated with Oakland,” Schaaf said in a statement.

    No where there did she mention that she was bringing a a suitcase full of cash and the writer confirmed that fact:

    “Oakland officials said they won’t use taxpayer dollars to bridge an estimated $400 million funding gap to replace the aging O.Co Coliseum.”

    Kudos to Schaaf for going in with honesty and an empty wallet.

  2. Forgot to post a link:

  3. Oakland’s got leverage, though. The Coliseum site is too good to abandon, especially once the flavor-of-the-month Warriors abscond to Frisco.

  4. You nail it Neil. The most frustrating part of this entire saga has been the sheer ABSENCE of reporting in LA as to the deals and the downside risks. It is really astounding. SD’s and St. Louis I think have been pretty well hashed out. They are not good for taxpayers but these never are and unlike a lot of deals I think the contours are generally clear and there isn’t “happy money” (at least in San Diego). But in LA? Jesus, Carson said in a public records act request that there wasn’t a single document to produce. Simply and utterly stunning.

  5. @ Erik

    That’s not at all what Carson claimed. Carson said there were no related public records before 2015. Big difference, read the multiple stadium initiatives Carson approved this year.

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