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Roski group begins talk with NFL teams

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by RaiderRay, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. RaiderRay

    RaiderRay RIP SD Chargers...Go Padres, Gulls, Ducks, Raiders Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

    Jun 20, 2005

    Majestic Realty Co. officials have resumed talks with NFL teams, Majestic Vice President John Semcken said.

    After initially reaching out to teams in 2008, Semcken since last fall maintained Majestic would not contact teams until after the Super Bowl on Feb 7.

    But he said Tuesday that he has begun talks with NFL teams within the past two weeks. He declined to say which teams or how many he contacted.

    Majestic Chairman and CEO Ed Roski Jr. has long targeted seven clubs: the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Buffalo Bills, the Minnesota Vikings, the Oakland Raiders, the San Diego Chargers, the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams.

    Roski wants to buy a team - or a major share in one - to move to a $800 million, 75,000-seat stadium planned for a hilly 600 acres near the 57/60 Freeway interchange. Semcken said two weeks ago that Majestic was targeting the Jaguars and Bills, small-market teams that struggle to sell tickets.

    Officials from both teams have tried publicly to reassure their fans that they aren't leaving.

    Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said Wednesday that no one from the team has spoken with Roski or any of his representatives.

    Owner Wayne Weaver has said the Jaguars team is not for sale and "is committed to re-energizing our fan base here," Edwards said in an e-mail Wednesday.

    Bills owner Ralph Wilson previously said he has no intention of moving or selling the Bills.

    And Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, on Jan. 7 announced he was convinced the team wasn't moving after speaking with Wilson.

    A message and e-mail Wednesday for Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold were not returned.

    Of the seven teams mentioned by Roski, only officials from the 49ers said they had any recent contact with Majestic.

    In November, Majestic officials held a discussion with the 49ers, said Lisa Lang, the team's vice president of communications and government relations. Since then, the company has provided the team "periodic updates," she said.

    But the team is not for sale, Lang said.

    The 49ers' owners hope construction will begin in 2012 on a new stadium in Santa Clara, she said.

    Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani said that no Majestic Realty representatives approached the team within the past two weeks.

    "We haven't heard from anyone," he said.

    The Chargers want a new stadium in the San Diego area, but the team hasn't come up with a definite location.

    "We hope to find a solution here," Fabiani added.

    Meanwhile, the Rams are meeting in Los Angeles this week to discuss three offers for a controlling stake in that team, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. One of the offers is from investors led by Dave Checketts, chairman of the NHL's St. Louis Blues. The identities of the two other bidders have not been made public, according to news reports.

    The team could opt out of its stadium lease in 2014.

    Rams spokesman Ted Crews had no comment.

    Calls and e-mails to the Raiders and Vikings were not returned.

    The Raiders, whose stadium lease was set to expire after the 2010 season, extended it through 2013 in November.

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