Eric Grubman: St. Louis, San Diego won’t make stadium pitches


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SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The NFL’s point man on Los Angeles says he’s decided officials from San Diego and St. Louis who are trying to keep their NFL teams won’t make presentations on their stadium plans at the owners meeting next month.

Eric Grubman says he felt the back-and-forth discussion the presentations might spark “usually doesn’t happen at league meetings when there are outside presenters, and particularly when we have a full agenda.”

Grubman says it’s likely the NFL will be talking to the cities directly during the next several weeks.

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has proposed a $2 billion stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood. In response, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have proposed to jointly build a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson.

From Dave Peacock, co-lead of Gov. Nixon’s task force:

We are comfortable with the NFL’s rationale to postpone our presentation to one or more of the relevant owner committees until later this fall.  We expect to be notified of the new date and protocol in the coming days.  The delay has no bearing whatsoever on our approach.  Our excellent progress continues.  St. Louis will be ready when the time comes.


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