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L.A. stadium proposals excite Goodell


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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said presentations this week by two stadium groups affiliated with NFL teams were “very exciting” and offered a “great deal of potential to be successful.”

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is vying against a joint venture by the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders for the right to call Los Angeles home again. All three teams have previously been based in the city.

Kroenke is planning a $1.8 billion stadium in Inglewood, and the Chargers and Raiders are working on a $1.7 billion venue in Carson. The Carson City Council unanimously approved the project on Tuesday, and new designs were presented to Goodell and the league’s relocation committee in New York.

On Friday, Goodell told the Associated Press Sports Editors, “We had presentations earlier this week that are very exciting — not just for a return but to continue being successful going forward.”

Goodell said the January deadline to apply for relocation could be moved up and owners could vote on a move next March.

Meanwhile, a St. Louis task force hoping to keep the Rams (or lure another team) also presented plans for a $1 billion stadium near the Mississippi River.

The league has been absent from Los Angeles since 1995, when the Raiders moved back to Oakland and the Rams moved to St. Louis. The Chargers were based in Los Angeles in their first year, 1960, before moving to San Diego.

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