Los Angeles

LA Mayor Talks NFL Franchises With Chargers, Raiders Officials

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met with officials from the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders on Tuesday to discuss the possible return of one or more NFL franchises to the LA area.

Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos and Raiders owner Mark Davis requested the meeting with the mayor, Garcetti spokesman Jeff Millman told City News Service.

In a prepared statement, Millman said Garcetti "would welcome a team anywhere in the Los Angeles area."

He added that the mayor's office is "mindful that the Chargers, Raiders and (St. Louis) Rams are still actively discussing stadium deals in their current cities and the NFL has not yet approved a team moving to the Los Angeles area."

Millman said the meeting was not held to talk about a potential football site in downtown Los Angeles or within city limits. The city and AEG had an agreement for construction of a stadium adjacent to the Los Angeles Convention Center, but were unable to lure an NFL team to the site.

The Chargers and Raiders are working jointly on a possible stadium in Carson, if the teams can't reach stadium deals in their respective cities.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke is moving forward with a planned stadium on the site of the former Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood.

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