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Chargers, Raiders willing to realign if co-tenants in Carson stadium

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nfl/...-divisions-accommodate-los-angeles-relocation

    LOS ANGELES -- Construction of an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area could come with another change: a possible shift in division for theOakland Raiders or the San Diego Chargers.

    The teams have proposed a shared $1.78 billion stadium in the city of Carson -- one of two stadium projects being considered by the NFL near Los Angeles that could bring professional football back to the region after a two-decade absence.

    Carmen Policy, a former San Francisco 49ers executive who was hired to help oversee the Carson project, said Monday that the teams have agreed to shift divisions, if necessary, to make the project acceptable to the league.

    The Chargers and Raiders are rivals in the AFC West, which could make game scheduling and other issues difficult in a shared stadium.

    The teams have made clear to the league and NFL owners that "you send us to LA and you'll make the decision as to who plays in what conference or division," Policy told reporters after detailing stadium plans for business leaders and a sports group at an event in downtown Los Angeles.

    "There are some very interesting scenarios, depending on how all this turns out," Policy said.

    Policy detailed the possible division shift on a day when the teams unveiled the latest design update for the 65,000-seat stadium, which would rise on the site of a former landfill about 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

    The renderings show an open-air stadium wrapped in steel bands, its seating shaded by canopies, with features that range from a nearby stage for live music performances to an authentic farmers' market. Outside, towering screens would carry game-day highlights that could be viewed from the parking lots.

    A promotional video, narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland, boasted that the stadium bordered by palm trees would become part of a quintessential Los Angeles experience while coddling fans.

    "Sunshine. Beaches. Hollywood. Where anything is possible," he says.

    High-end amenities would include an on-field patio "blurring the line between spectator and teammate," according to the video that depicted fans sipping drinks just steps from a team bench. Eight acres would be reserved, rent-free, for an "NFL campus," which could include a home for the NFL Network and a western annex for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    One prominent feature from earlier versions vanished. Previous plans called for a tower that could simulate lightning bolts for the Chargers or a huge flame honoring late owner Al Davis for the Raiders. A dominant feature is now an oversized, gleaming Vince Lombardi Trophy, the prize that goes to Super Bowl winners.

    A development group that includes St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is pushing a rival project in nearby Inglewood. The $1.8 billion venue on the site of a former horse track would be part of a sprawling development of homes, parks and office space.

    Policy promoted the Raiders-Chargers plan as an ideal solution for two California teams playing in stadiums long out of date. He said the teams would attract fans from California's Central Coast to Mexico to a stadium with 12,000 parking spots for tailgating and easy freeway access.

    League spokesman Brian McCarthy has said the NFL wants franchises that are "strong and successful in their existing markets." Under current rules, the next opportunity for a team to file to relocate would be in January 2016. Any decision to move would have to clear a tangle of hurdles, including winning the support of at least 24 of the 32 teams.

    The NFL owners meet again in October in New York, but no relocation vote is expected at that meeting. Policy predicted there could be a decision by the league early next year.
     
  2. Chaincrusher

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    Conceptually, all of it sounds terrible.

    WTF?! A patio near the benches?! Will the patio be elevated or will patio people just not be able to see the game? Meanwhile, every inch of patio moves back the regular stands. They couldn't figure any of that out from the Q?! Honestly, who gets these lame ideas?

    Changing of divisions?! There is 50+ years of tradition about to be undone then. Forget about the whole sharing the stadium with an arch-rival thing. Now Policy is suggesting that one team may be changing its division/conference. WTF?!

    Maybe someone should point out to Policy that if one team changes a division, then one team that has nothing to do with the AFC West will also have to switch to the AFC West, so two teams will have to re-align under that concept. I wonder how the Cardinals and the Seahawks (the odds on teams to change to the AFC West if either the Raiders or Chargers go to the NFC West) view the idea of suddenly changing divisions.

    Oh, which team do you think it will be that has to change divisions? Who here feels confident that it will not be the Chargers? I would make the Chargers the favorite to have to change divisions in that scenario. I don't see the NFL putting the Raiders in the NFC West with the 49ers given their history in the Bay Area.
     
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    I don't even have to tell you how Baby Jesus feels about all this. ;)
     
  4. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    He wept
     

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