Report: Goodell calls St. Louis, S.D., Oakland stadium plans 'inadequate'
Roger Goodell reportedly sent out a report to every team in the league that labels Oakland's, St. Louis', and San Diego's stadium proposals as 'unsatisfactory and inadequate.'
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reportedly determined that Oakland, San Diego and St. Louis didn't put forth feasible stadium plans to retain their respective teams.
Just days before NFL owners meet in Houston to determine the fates of relocation efforts involving the Raiders, Chargers and Rams, Goodell sent out a 48-page report to every team in the league that labels the current stadiums in Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego as "unsatisfactory and inadequate," according to the Los Angeles Times. Additionally, Goodell reportedly concluded that the cities' proposed stadium plans aren't feasible, writing that each city had "ample opportunity but did not develop their proposals sufficiently to ensure the retention of its NFL team."
Oakland hasn't formally filed a stadium proposal, San Diego's stadium plan relies on a public vote and St. Louis' proposal requires too much financial support from the league, according to Goodell.
The Raiders, Chargers and Rams filed for relocation Monday. In his report, Goodell did not recommend which team(s) should move to the L.A. area. Instead, teams will use Goodell's findings to help them reach a decision on the matter.
That's just the latest development in the NFL's relocation saga. Earlier on Saturday, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on a potential Rams-Chargers partnership, which further complicates the picture.
As reported on @THENFLTODAY, Cowboys have proposed a measure for ownership vote that would send the Chargers with the Rams to Inglewood...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 10, 2016
The Chargers, Rams and Raiders have until Mon AM to sign final economic term sheets on relocation. Going to be a wild few days in Houston— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 10, 2016
Chargers have been firmly bound to the Raiders on their Carson project and on Dec. 7 Dean Spanos wrote to the LA committee to express that..— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 10, 2016
As reported weeks ago, many owners strongly prefer a Rams/Chargers coupling, but there are trust issues between those clubs...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 10, 2016
There will be a lot of deal-makers in those meeting rooms in Houston and obviously now more proposals in play— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 10, 2016
NFL owners are scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday. A minimum of 24 owners must approve a team's relocation bid.
Houston might be out of the playoffs, but it'll still be the location of some significant NFL drama next week.
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