NFL owners are trickling into league headquarters for Wednesday’s meetings. New England’s Robert Kraft and John Mara of the New York Giants arrived early. Oakland’s Mark Davis, San Francisco’s Jed York and Arizona’s Michael Bidwill arrived a little later.
The day-long meetings will involve the stadium and finance committees, and 18 of the 32 owners are expected to attend. The topics are the Raiders’ interest in relocating to Las Vegas, and the future of the Chargers either in San Diego or Los Angeles.
The Chargers have until Sunday to exercise their option to share the Inglewood stadium with the Rams in Los Angeles. Chargers owner Dean Spanos is not expected to attend the meeting, and the franchise does not have anyone here speaking on its behalf.
Stephen Jones, general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, called San Diego “a great NFL market.”
“It’s just a tough stadium situation right now that everybody is trying to work through,” he said. “I know it’s agonizing for Dean and the Spanos family, and obviously a tough situation for them.”
Jones said that if there is a solution to be found that might keep the team in the market, he’s confident the league is creative enough to find it.
“I think we’ve got great thinkers, obviously leadership at the top with Roger and his staff,” Jones said, referring to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “There’s great leadership and thinkers in the membership that work hard for the betterment of the league, and not just their own franchise. Of course, this is important to everybody that we get this right.”
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