The NFL's 32 team owners will meet in Houston starting tomorrow, which means Los Angeles will probably find out this week which of three football teams will be moving back to the city after decades away, and where their shiny new stadium will be built; any plan will need to be passed by a two-thirds majority of the owners. In Inglewood, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has proposed the City of Champions plan, which he's indicated he'd be open to sharing with another team. In Carson, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have proposed a joint stadium. For months, the owners have been unsure of which proposal will ultimately make them and the league more money, but now a very likely solution seems to be emerging: leave the Oakland Raiders in NorCal, and move the Chargers and the Rams into the Inglewood stadium.
Over the weekend, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones officially suggested the Chargers/Rams/Inglewood plan—which has been floating around in the ether for a while now—in a letter to the NFL, reports the LA Daily News. Late last year, Kroenke said he'd agree to a 50/50 deal on his stadium with a hypothetical second team, but the Chargers have been firm about their commitment to the Raiders. Last month, team owner Dean Spanos preemptively rejected the deal in a letter to the NFL's LA move committee, writing "Nothing in Stan's letter gives me any reason to reconsider my partnership with (Raiders owner) Mark Davis and our chosen stadium site." Still, if it's Inglewood or nothing—and Inglewood seems to be the stronger stadium proposal—Spanos might have to change his mind.
The NFL owners are expected to vote on the Los Angeles move this week, but if they still can't figure out a plan, the decision could be bumped.
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