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Chargers, Raiders willing to change conferences or divisions

Carmen Policy


After the Chargers and Raiders announced in February that the long-time AFC West rivals would be working together to build a stadium in Carson, California, it instantly became obvious that they couldn’t remain in the same division if they played in the same stadium. At the time, PFT reported that one of the two teams likely would change conferences -- with the initial thinking that the Raiders likely would move to the NFC West, and that the Rams or Cardinals would move to the AFC West.

On Monday, former 49ers and Browns executive Carmen Policy said that the Chargers and Raiders are willing to let the NFL decide who goes where, if they both go to L.A.

"[Y]ou send us to L.A. and you’ll make the decision as to who plays in what conference or division,” Policy told reporters on Monday after a public presentation regarding the merits of the shared venue, via the Associated Press.

As to the project itself, Scott M. Reid of the Orange County Register has more details regarding the pitch from Policy, which reprised the presentation Policy made last week to a special ownership meeting in Chicago.

The presentation comes at a time when some believe Inglewood provides the better location for a stadium, which points not to the Chargers and Raiders sharing a venue but the Rams and perhaps one other team at the former site of Hollywood Park. Which could eventually put the Chargers and Raiders in competition for the second seat at the Inglewood table.

The only good news then would be that neither would have to change conferences -- and that their twice-per-year rivalry would have another layer of intrigue.