The home markets in San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland are running out of time.
Roger Goodell addressed the media following the conclusion of the NFL meetings in Dallas and made it clear that viable stadium plans and complete certainty was imperative by the end of this month.
By all accounts, he’s just a reflection of the NFL owners that are tired of waiting for decision on the Los Angeles market, and unwilling to let it drag on past January.
And while the buzz from the meetings surrounded Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s letter to the owners, stating he’d be willing to take on a partner in his Inglewood project, the message from Goodell’s press conference made it clear that the owners don’t feel San Diego has a viable plan.
Goodell was asked what the home markets need to do to convince the NFL they have viable plans, to which he responded tersely, “As I said before, make sure that the project is viable and that there’s certainty. I feel like I’m repeating myself here. Certainty means no further votes required, that there’s a deal that’s been fully approved, that there are not complications that are unforeseen, that this project can be completed. It’s that simple.”
When asked if it’s fair to say that those things aren’t possible in San Diego, Goodell simply responded “It certainly appears that’s the case, yeah.”
In the video above, Goodell discusses the NFL owners’ meetings on Los Angeles relocation, why he wants a new stadium to have two teams, what constitutes a viable stadium plan for the home markets and why San Diego really doesn’t have a chance.