Sta­dium groups brief NFL

Car­son’s back­ers feel they got their mes­sage across. An In­gle­wood up­date is pre­sented.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Sam Farmer sam.farmer@la­ Twit­ter: @LATimes­farmer

The NFL’s com­mit­tee on Los An­ge­les op­por­tu­ni­ties met at league head­quar­ters in New York on Wed­nes­day and heard up­dated pre­sen­ta­tions from back­ers of sta­dium pro­pos­als in Car­son and In­gle­wood.

In at­ten­dance at the meet­ing were the own­ers on the com­mit­tee, headed by Art Rooney II of the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers, as well as NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell and sev­eral of the league’s other top ex­ec­u­tives.

It was the first time the com­mit­tee heard from Car­men Pol­icy, who is rep­re­sent­ing both the San Diego Charg­ers and Oak­land Raiders, serv­ing as one voice for the Car­son con­cept.

“We as a group felt the pre­sen­ta­tion went ex­tremely well, and we got our en­tire mes­sage across,” said Pol­icy, who for­merly was pres­i­dent of the San Fran­cisco 49ers and later pres­i­dent and a mi­nor­ity owner of the Cleve­land Browns. “We were able, maybe for the first time, to to­tally or­ga­nize what we’ve been do­ing, what we’ve ac­com­plished, and what we’re go­ing to con­tinue to do, and why Car­son is ab­so­lutely the site for a new sta­dium.”

Pol­icy said the two-team so­lu­tion “is the right move for the league” in re­turn­ing to the na­tion’s No. 2 mar­ket, as long as those teams are on an equal foot­ing.

“All the peo­ple who have eval­u­ated th­ese sce­nar­ios say that if you’re go­ing to have two teams in the mar­ket, you can’t let one have an es­tab­lished base and start over the other,” Pol­icy said.

“The league doesn’t want a sit­u­a­tion where you have an owner and a ten­ant. You don’t want it the way it used to be for the [New York] Gi­ants and Jets. Both teams have to have equal sta­tus in the build­ing.”

Mean­while, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is tout­ing his own sta­dium project on nearly 300 acres in In­gle­wood, on the site of the for­mer Hol­ly­wood Park race­track.

Pending league ap­proval — which could come by year’s end — Kroenke in­tends to begin con­struc­tion in De­cem­ber on a com­plex that in­cludes a sta­dium, a per­form­ing-arts theater and a mas­sive area of hous­ing and re­tail space.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Kroenke de­clined to com­ment on the meet­ing, but they pre­sented an up­date on the In­gle­wood de­sign and costs, as well as bring­ing the own­ers up to speed on what’s hap­pen­ing in the St. Louis mar­ket.

The NFL is keep­ing close tabs on the com­pet­ing pro­pos­als and what the three cur­rent home mar­kets are do­ing to keep their teams.

The league has taken the un­usual step of sched­ul­ing an own­ers’ meet­ing in Au­gust in Chicago so the en­tire membership can hear the sta­dium pre­sen­ta­tions.

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