The city of San Diego is taking its case to keep the Chargers in town directly to the NFL. On Monday Mayor Kevin Faulconer had a lengthy phone call with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“This afternoon Mayor Faulconer spoke with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell," said Matt Awbrey, the Mayor’s Chief of Communications, in a statement. "The Mayor discussed the actions San Diego has and continues to take toward a new stadium, and expressed his commitment to moving forward with a fair plan that meets the needs of the community and the team. The telephone conversation lasted about 45 minutes."
That phone call set the stage for what is still to come this week. On Tuesday several members of the city government will meet in person with Goodell in New York City.
Chris Melvin, the city's chief negotiator in the stadium dealings, will be joined by Mike Hansen, the Mayor's Director of Land Use and Environmental Policy to provide an update on San Diego's environmental analysis process, something that has come under fire in recent weeks from the Chargers.
Despite vehement contentions from the Chargers that the city's EIR (Environmental Impact Report) process is flawed, the local government is moving forward.
"Mayor Faulconer and Commissioner Goodell agreed that the City-County negotiating team and NFL will continue to communicate ahead of the NFL owners meeting on August 11,"said Awbrey.
The NFL has called a special owners meeting at that time in Chicago specifically to discuss the prospect of a team moving to the Los Angeles market.