The proposed stadium solutions in Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego are “unsatisfactory and inadequate” to keep the Raiders, Rams and Chargers in their home markets, NFLCommissioner Roger Goodell said in a report distributed Saturday to all 32 teams.
The contents of the 48-page report were disclosed to the Los Angeles Times by someone who has seen it but is not authorized to discuss it publicly.
The intent of the report is to establish facts about the home markets, as the league views them, heading into a special meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday to resolve the two-decade L.A. vacancy. The report does not give teams the green light to move to Los Angeles — that will be determined by owners’ voting — but establishes that the home markets have failed to provide stadium solutions.
Goodell does not make any recommendations about which club or clubs should be approved to relocate, or which stadium project — Carson or Inglewood — should be approved.
At least 24 league owners must vote to approve a move. The commissioner does not have a vote, but his strongly worded report is intended to provide objective information that will assist each club in making its own judgment on the proposals.
In the report, Goodell said that each home market had “ample opportunity but did not develop their proposals sufficiently to ensure the retention of its NFL team.”
The report says none of the three clubs has received a stadium proposal that is free of any contingencies and presents a viable long-term solution.
On Monday, the first day they were eligible, each of the three teams submitted relocation applications the league.
Earlier this week at league headquarters in New York, the stadium, finance and L.A. committees discussed those applications and met with the backers of each project. The Chargers and Raiders have teamed to propose a stadium in Carson; the Rams want to build a stadium in Inglewood.
Goodell’s report says each of the teams has worked, without success, for many years to improve its stadium situation and identifies problems with each home market’s response to the situation.
Oakland, while expressing an interest in keeping the Raiders, has not made a formal stadium proposal.
St. Louis has put forward a plan for a $1.1-billion riverfront stadium, but Goodell’s report said that proposal’s financing package includes a request for league funding that is $100 million in excess of the maximum provided under current league policy. In their application, the Rams said no NFL team would take the St. Louis deal.
San Diego’s concept of a $1.1-billion stadium on the Mission Valley site of the current Qualcomm Stadium is contingent on a public vote in June.
The report says that none of the three teams would be breaking its lease by moving from its current market, and that market research supports the conclusion that the L.A. area is capable of supporting two teams.