In the first dose of political wrangling at the NFL owners meeting, the league's Committee on L.A. Opportunities endorsed the proposed stadium in Carson on Tuesday, The Times confirmed.
One owner in the room told The Times that the committee's decision was "not at all an indicator" of what the final result could be as owners decide which team or teams will wind up in L.A. and where they'll play.
It's unclear whether the six-owner committee considered only the original two options -- the St. Louis Rams to Inglewood and the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders to Carson -- or if it considered a broader range of options, including the proposal by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that the Rams and Chargers share the Inglewood stadium.
The recommendation of the L.A. committee, long believed to favor Carson, isn't binding.
Also unclear is how much influence the committee's view will have on Commissioner Roger Goodell and on the 26 other owners.
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, one of the most ardent supporters of the Carson plan, sits on the committee. Last year, he orchestrated Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger joining the project in a role that will become formal if the concept is approved.
Other members of the committee are Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, New York Giants co-owner John Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney, the committee chair.