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NFL owners add Aug. 11 meeting to talk L.A.

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NFL owners added a special meeting in August to discuss potential plans for relocating a team to Los Angeles in 2016.

The meeting was not previously planned for 2015 following league meetings in Phoenix in March and last month in San Francisco. At each multi-day gathering, the Los Angeles situation was a front-burner topic.

The August 11 meeting is expected to take place in Chicago, according to multiple reports, and the NFL could determine detailed plans, including a relocation fee expected to be in the hundreds of millions, for bringing a team back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

Many owners said in San Francisco at least one existing NFL team would likely play in Los Angeles in 2016.

Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined each stadium situation and challenges within that franchise’s orbit that could lead to relocation. Los Angeles is the second-largest market in the United States.

St. Louis has been considered a likely candidate given owner Stan Kroenke’s direct ties to the land and $1.8 billion stadium development project in Inglewood. The Rams were the last team based in Los Angeles in 1995. NFL policy states, however, that team’s must negotiate in good faith to remain in their current market. That could be complicated for Kroenke if a $985 million stadium proposal in St. Louis gains backing.

The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have a joint stadium plan in Carson, Calif., that would move forward behind a push from Carmen Policy, the former 49ers and Cleveland Browns executive hired to head the stadium and relocation efforts, should current efforts fail in the home markets of both teams.

The Chargers and Raiders must inform Carson officials by April 30 whether they will move forward with dual tenancy. Goodell said in San Francisco that he is not up to speed on the Raiders’ situation because of limited communication with team officials, namely Mark Davis.

Chargers owner Dean Spanos said last month the concern with a team moving to Los Angeles is that it would diminish the team’s fan base significantly. Up to 30 percent of Chargers’ ticket buyers were from L.A.

San Diego’s stadium is one of the oldest in the NFL, built in 1968, but local support for a new state-of-the-art facility is measured.


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