NFL- Carson

A rendering of the new football stadium proposed for Carson by the owners of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. (Manica Architecture)

By Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno and Tim Logan
April 16, 2015

Representatives of proposed stadium projects in Carson and Inglewood met with NFL executives Thursday as the competition to return the league to the Los Angeles area continued.

Eric Grubman, an NFL senior vice president who is the league’s point man on the L.A. market, attended both meetings.

Those included a session with officials from the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and the city of Carson that lasted about 40 minutes in downtown L.A.

Carson City Councilman Albert Robles, who will be sworn in as the city’s mayor Tuesday, said Grubman explained the league’s process regarding the rival proposals. The tone of the discussion was positive, he added.

“I enjoyed talking to him,” he said.

Raiders President Marc Badain, who also attended the meeting, gave Robles a silver lapel pin with the team’s logo. The mayor-to-be, who also owns a half-Chargers, half-Raiders jersey, wore the pin on his suit after the meeting.

On Tuesday, Carson’s City Council will take up a ballot initiative to authorize the privately financed, $1.7-billion project. The three-member council could either adopt the initiative, as Inglewood’s City Council did in February for the proposal there, or schedule a public vote. Robles said he wants to see the city’s economic and environmental reports on the project, due Monday, before deciding. But he is open to approving the initiative Tuesday.

Robles expects the competition between the Carson and Inglewood stadium concepts to heat up in the coming weeks and months.

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