The return of football to the Los Angeles market took another step forward Tuesday night.
According to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times, the Carson City Council unanimously approved the $1.7 billion stadium proposal that would potentially serve as home of the San Diego Chargers and/or Oakland Raiders.
“Football is coming to Carson,” Mayor Albert Robles declared after the decision was announced.
While that optimism may still be a bit premature, it certainly seems like it’s a matter of when, not if, the NFL returns to Los Angeles at this point. Inglewood unanimously approved a stadium plan on the ground that formerly was home to Hollywood Park in late February as well. Like the Inglewood proposal, the vote by Carson allows the project to skip environmental review processes.
With the Carson project moving forward and the looming potential of the Chargers to move north, it could potentially speed up trade talks for quarterback Philip Rivers as well. His former teammate, LaDainian Tomlinson, said Rivers doesn’t want to be in Los Angeles. If that’s the case, the idea of dealing Rivers to Tennessee for the No. 2 overall pick and the rights to select Marcus Mariota in next week’s draft may not be such a long shot possibility after all.