Texans owner Bob McNair thinks St. Louis will put together a deal to build a new football stadium — and in turn to keep the Rams from moving to Los Angeles. McNair likewise has no such confidence in San Diego.
“In San Diego, they’ve been trying for about 15 years,” McNair told the Houston Chronicle. “They’ve had all kinds of political problems there. At one time, half the council went to jail or something. [Editor’s note: I don’t personally recall half of the San Diego City Council going to “jail or something.” If anyone knows what McNair is referring to, let us know.] It’s been pretty bad. It’s hard to negotiate when you’ve got to go to the jail to negotiate. So they haven’t accomplished anything. They’re saying they’re going to do something now. But in order to do it, they’d have to have a referendum and the referendum isn’t until next June. Well, we can’t have these teams in limbo. You need to have certainty and you don’t know if the referendum would pass or fail. We can’t take what they’re saying very seriously.”
And so McNair becomes the second member of the NFL’s Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities to go on the record against the Rams moving, and in favor of the Chargers. Previously, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson spoke out in support of the Chargers — and against the Rams.
That leaves four other members of the Committee, who have yet to make so plain or obvious their views on the matter. With the Commissioner expecting a recommendation from the Committee and with that recommendation likely to influence plenty of the other owners, the process could be inching closer toward a conclusion that the Chargers will get a golden ticket to Willie Wonka’s Football Factory.