Chargers, Raiders willing to change conferences or divisions

AP

After the Chargers and Raiders announced in February that the long-time AFC West rivals would be working together to build a stadium in Carson, California, it instantly became obvious that they couldn’t remain in the same division if they played in the same stadium. At the time, PFT reported that one of the two teams likely would change conferences — with the initial thinking that the Raiders likely would move to the NFC West, and that the Rams or Cardinals would move to the AFC West.

On Monday, former 49ers and Browns executive Carmen Policy said that the Chargers and Raiders are willing to let the NFL decide who goes where, if they both go to L.A.

“[Y]ou send us to L.A. and you’ll make the decision as to who plays in what conference or division,” Policy told reporters on Monday after a public presentation regarding the merits of the shared venue, via the Associated Press.

As to the project itself, Scott M. Reid of the Orange County Register has more details regarding the pitch from Policy, which reprised the presentation Policy made last week to a special ownership meeting in Chicago.

The presentation comes at a time when some believe Inglewood provides the better location for a stadium, which points not to the Chargers and Raiders sharing a venue but the Rams and perhaps one other team at the former site of Hollywood Park. Which could eventually put the Chargers and Raiders in competition for the second seat at the Inglewood table.

The only good news then would be that neither would have to change conferences — and that their twice-per-year rivalry would have another layer of intrigue.

40 responses to “Chargers, Raiders willing to change conferences or divisions

  1. They insist on doing their best to ruin the professional game. The Raiders out of the AFC West would be like the NFC East without the Cowboys or Giants or ‘Skins. Mark Cuban is practicing his “I told you so-super-villain laugh” as we speak.

  2. Rams to LA. Stan has shovels in the ground.

    Raiders to San Antonio. New surroundings, additional fan base for a very stagnant franchise.

    Chargers stay in SD. Rivers can spot them for a new stadium. Or maybe Jerry, he’s been weighing in on this. Or how about the cash heavy NFL chipping in for a showpiece stadium that could host some fine weather SBs like most fans want.

    This answers those who say LA can’t/won’t support 2 teams and keeps the conferences as they are.

    Let’s see if one team can flourish in LA before throwing a second in there who may or may not want to be there.

  3. Goodell will have a press conference to announce that the Chargers and Raiders will swap divisions, then will pay a law firm $8.6M to figure out why it didn’t work.

  4. Of course the raiders will stay in the west considering the chargers haven’t won a super bowl. It might work out for them, it did for Seattle. Seattle absolutely sucked for decades in the west, they were just a floor mat kind of like the Chargers have been.

    The raiders just gave you a decade to catch up and you didn’t but that’s all about to change because the RaiderNation is on its way back to greatness

  5. One team has a global fan base and 3 Super Bowls, the other has neither.

    It’s the Chargers that should have to change conferences in this scenario.

  6. There is no way that the Raiders go to the NFC west. The NFL doesn’t want the Raiders and the 49ers playing each other twice per year.

  7. The Charger organization has been bushleague ever since Spanos stepped in.

    In the fall of ’88 I personally heard Alex threaten to move the team, if the fans didn ‘t stop complaining.

    That’s Spanos, if you don’t give him exactly what he wants, when he wants it, he’s just like a 5 year old, he threatens to ‘take his ball & go home.’

    If only we had another corrupt mayor, who would give him another ticket guarantee.
    I wonder if Deano would fund the another bogus senate campaign, as a kick back, this time, too.

  8. joetoronto says:

    One team has a global fan base and 3 Super Bowls, the other has neither.

    It’s the Chargers that should have to change conferences in this scenario.

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    Their replacement would just beat the pulp out of you twice a year as well. Raiders are irrelevant in the modern game.

  9. The Raiders may have finally gotten some sanctuary from the whoopin’ they’ve been getting from the Chargers for the last decade.

    The Chargers are 19-4 against the Raiders in their last 23 games. Sweeps galore!

  10. Of all the things I hear concerning these teams moving, this is the one idea that really, really upsets me.

    Breaking up a four team division that has existed since its inception in 1960 is blasphemy.

    Those teams sharing a stadium while still being in the same division and all the possible mayhem that may ensue actually sounds pretty awesome.

  11. lightninglucci says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:51 AM

    Of all the things I hear concerning these teams moving, this is the one idea that really, really upsets me.

    Breaking up a four team division that has existed since its inception in 1960 is blasphemy.
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    This is one of the many reasons that the Rams in Inglewood makes the most sense. It keeps the traditional AFC West, maintains the current NFC West, and restores the Los Angeles Rams who were in So Cal for 49 years.

    Let’s also not forget that the Inglewood site is shovel-ready and would be one of the top stadium venues in the world.

    Carson is currently a pie-in-the-sky toxic waste dump that would take, at minimum, 12-18 months to clean up before its even shovel-ready.

    The choice is a no-brainer.

  12. This is the second time I have heard the suggestion that the Arizona Cardinals could move to the AFC.

    Unacceptable.

    The Cardinals are:

    1) The oldest professional football team (1898)

    2) A charter member of the NFL (1920)

    3) A charter member of the NFC (1970)

    4) Two time NFL Champions

    5) One time NFC Champions

    If the Cardinals are forced to leave the NFC,

    I WILL NEVER WATCH ANOTHER NFL GAME FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE

  13. Don’t you chuckle when some, (not all) Raiders fans keep holding onto the past. And they keep using it to make their team relevant in 2015. We’re going into the 14th yr since the Raiders have been anything close to playoff caliber. And this year is no exception… 4 maybe 5 wins tops !!!

    The very first person to propose this idea was the Raiders owner himself Mark Davis. So Raider fans get used to being in the NFC were your team gets the “fresh start”.

  14. Nobody is changing divisions because only 1 of the teams will be moving to L.A. The Chargers will end up sharing a stadium w/ The Rams, (Kronke has the money for the move on his own), The Raiders will then end up in St. Louis w/ the new Stadium there.

  15. raidernation210 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 7:51 AM

    Of course the raiders will stay in the west considering the chargers haven’t won a super bowl. It might work out for them, it did for Seattle. Seattle absolutely sucked for decades in the west, they were just a floor mat kind of like the Chargers have been.

    The raiders just gave you a decade to catch up and you didn’t but that’s all about to change because the RaiderNation is on its way back to greatness

    – – –

    No one wants the Raiders. You talk up a storm on the Internet, but no one has any interest in putting what little money they have left from food stamps, into actually attending Raiders’ games.

    They couldn’t work it out in Oakland, so they moved to LA. They couldn’t make it work in LA, so they moved back to Oakland. They can’t make it in Oakland (surprise!) and they need to move again.

    Do you know what those ancient SuperBowl victories have bought you? Nothing. The Raiders are the worst team in the modern era of football, by the largest margin, and the organization doesn’t even give a darn about the supposed fans, because they simply move the team whenever the going gets tough.

    I could very easily see them making the move to San Antonio, where they would then be the third most popular team in a different state, just like they’re currently the third most popular team in CA.

  16. These two teams hate each other. Fact, when they play each other in the shared stadium, Raiders fans will be pulling blades on Charger fans demanding they get off Raider turf. Am I lying?

  17. At first i hated the idea of sharing a stadium with the chargers, but now I think about it, why not? I would love to see them walk into the brand new stadium see our Superbowl banners. If they can’t be winners, why not share a roof with one. I wouldn’t feel comfortable being a charger fan knowing the other team crushes you in every category ever recorded. It’ll be like the Staples Center all over again. It’s like the poor clipper fans having to look up into the rafters knowing this is the home of the Lakers. Haha. Make it happen. Can’t wait to see these charger fans get put in there place. Sure, we can share the building, but we all know it’ll be the home of the raiders. Keep hating charger fans. Be careful what you wish for. You wanna share a stadium, we can share a stadium. The only difference is the raiders will call it home.

  18. All of these Raiders fans bragging about 3 rings, and yet, they have nothing to show for this past decade. Let me know when those three rings magically win you the AFC West anytime soon. “…RaiderNation is on its way back to greatness,” my ass.

  19. natelan says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:24 AM
    The Raiders may have finally gotten some sanctuary from the whoopin’ they’ve been getting from the Chargers for the last decade.

    The Chargers are 19-4 against the Raiders in their last 23 games. Sweeps galore!
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    Yep. And the Raiders still lead the all-time series 59-50-2. Your point is?

  20. Nothing since. Haha. If Bo Jackson doesn’t get hurt in the playoffs against the bengals, we win another Superbowl. If the referees called a fumble instead of the tuck rule, we win another Superbowl. If Jon Gruden wasn’t coaching the buccaneers, we win another Superbowl. I can throw in the immaculate reception. I can sit here all day and get into detail, but I won’t. The raiders, whether you like’em or not, have had the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows in football history. Say what you want. You can never take away the great games that are in our resume.

  21. Raiders had some great games and great teams back when Jimmy Carter was president. If that puts you on equal footing with today’s elite teams…………….good luck with that son. This is your brain on homerism!!!

  22. Have to love these closet Raider fans…..CANT KEEP US OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS!!!!! Hahahahahaha…. RAIDER NATION!!!!!

    If funny how all of you make fun of us with our three rings when there are teams in the NFL with 0, none, zip, nada rings at all!

    Classic Raider haters

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