Today’s NFL-to-L.A. scuttlebutt roundup:
- The NFL’s deadline threat apparently scared the St. Louis board of aldermen into action, as its ways and means committee is set to vote today on the Rams stadium bill, with the legislation set to go to the full board tomorrow. Guess we’ll find out soon enough what Lewis Reed wants for his vote.
- SBNation Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue has a long essay that makes a good case that the internal fight over which NFL owners will get to go to L.A. is about old-guard owners (who support Chargers owner Dean Spanos) and new-guard ones (who mostly back Rams owner Stan Kroenke) as much as anything else. It also makes a far-less-good case that the NFL is heading for a “stadium crisis” because lots of stadiums are nearing 20 years old and not all owners can fund new ones out of their own pockets — even if you accept the dubious notion that 20-year-old stadiums are too decrepit to play in, there’s these things called “banks” that owners can borrow from — so feel free to stop reading when you get to that part.
- Fans in one Oakland Coliseum luxury suite are taping paper soda cups to the ceiling to catch leaks, because nobody can be bothered to call a plumber, I guess.