San Diego, Oakland op­ti­mism lack­ing at NFL meet­ings

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

IRV­ING, TEXAS | NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell isn’t say­ing whether he’s op­ti­mistic that San Diego and Oakland can keep their teams, while Indianapolis owner Jim Ir­say con­sid­ers both fran­chises all but gone.

Dean Spanos of the Charg­ers and the Raiders’ Mark Davis weren’t talk­ing at the NFL own­ers meet­ing Wed­nes­day in the Dal­las area. And no new specifics were re­vealed by Good­ell a day af­ter city and county of­fi­cials in Oakland agreed to open ne­go­ti­a­tions with an in­vest­ment group on a $1.3 bil­lion plan for a new sta­dium.

Good­ell said the league has “not made great progress in Oakland and San Diego,” while Ir­say said there’s “no rea­son for op­ti­mism in ei­ther mar­ket.”

The Charg­ers face a Jan. 15 dead­line to de­cide whether to join the Rams in Los An­ge­les. The Raiders have a sta­dium of­fer in Las Ve­gas and would have to ap­ply for re­lo­ca­tion.

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