Rams fans, get ready to boo some more.
On Monday, the Chargers will begin formal negotiations with the Los Angeles Rams regarding a possible joint venture at Kroenkeworld, according to Scott M. Reid of the Orange County Register.
The Chargers have a year-long window to work out a deal with the Rams. But the Chargers are expected to move quickly to strike a deal. Currently in limbo, the Chargers organization quickly must obtain certainty and clarity regarding its 2016 location; with employees who need to know whether they’re moving and other employees who won’t be making the move at all (and thus will be looking for other work), owner Dean Spanos needs to make a decision sooner than later. Or sooner than sooner.
The Rams also have an incentive to get this done. Currently, the Rams can’t begin to sell premium products at the new stadium until 2017. If/when the Rams strike a deal with the Chargers, the process can begin immediately.
Still, it’s far more important for the Chargers to get this done. Apart from the very important questions regarding the short-term and long-term futures of the human beings who make up the organization, the Chargers need to minimize the head start the Rams have when it comes to winning hearts and minds in L.A.
And that could give Stan Kroenke and company an incentive to tap the brakes for just a bit, delaying the start of the Chargers’ homecoming honeymoon until after the Rams’ homecoming honeymoon has ended. Still, the bigger prize will be lining up cash commitments at the new stadium, and Kroenke won’t want to wait too long to do that, especially given that Kroenke needs to come up with $2.66 billion to pay for the stadium.
No bake sales needed, however; Kroenke is worth $7.7 billion.