The three cities facing the potential loss of NFL franchises have made their final pitches for keeping their franchises in place with new stadiums. On Wednesday, the NFL acknowledged receipt of proposals from Oakland, St. Louis, and San Diego.
“We are able to confirm that we have received submissions from Oakland, St. Louis, and San Diego as requested,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “All three submissions are generally consistent with our most recent discussions with public officials and task forces. We appreciate the leadership that public officials have demonstrated on behalf of the three cities. There is a great deal of information for the three teams and all of NFL ownership to review and consider. At this point, no applications for relocation of a franchise have been filed.”
Those applications — from the Raiders, Rams, and Chargers — haven’t been filed because the window for doing so doesn’t open until Monday. Come Monday, all three applications likely will be filed. And the process will culminate in a special ownership meeting in Houston on January 12 and 13.
It’s likely that the three teams will scoff at their respective city’s proposals.
The Raiders already have scoffed at Oakland’s. “They just don’t want to play with us,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said Tuesday, via Matthew Artz of the Bay Area News Group. “I don’t know why. I don’t understand it.”
The Chargers already have scoffed at San Diego’s proposal for a public vote in 2016. The Rams will surely scoff at the idea that they’re being forced to stay in St. Louis despite securing the ability to terminate their lease, thanks to a refusal of the local authorities to comply with a term requiring the stadium to be among the best 25 percent of the league’s venues.