NFL not likely to vote on LA stadium plans until fall

Stan Kroenke | Courtesy of the St.Louis Post-Dispatch
Stan Kroenke | Courtesy of the St.Louis Post-Dispatch

National Football League owners will not vote on competing Southern California stadium proposals at their meeting in May, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman told the Times that the earliest a vote on either stadium proposal would probably happen is about six months from now.

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has proposed a football stadium in Inglewood, Calif., as part of a larger retail and residential development. In late February, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders announced plans to build and share a stadium in Carson, Calif.

To receive approval from the NFL, either plan would need to garner the support of 3/4 of the league’s owners.

Kroenke’s project is further along than the Carson plan because the Rams owner and his group have been working on the project for about a year. The Raiders and Chargers only started working on their plan about six weeks ago.

Meanwhile, St. Louis has proposed a new downtown stadium of its own in hopes of keeping the Rams in town. That proposal, which calls for a riverfront venue that will cost about $1 billion, has been beset by questions about funding sources and the need for voter or legislative approval.

Despite those challenges, Grubman said the NFL is encouraged by what it has seen in St. Louis.

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