Right, wrong or indifferent, no matter Demaryius Thomas Elite Jersey how you view the NFL's race to return to Los Angeles, there's no denying the fact that the approach taken by those representing the Carson project and those representing the Inglewood project are polar opposite.
Never was that more abundantly clear than Tuesday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency hotel outside Chicago. It's also why it would be no surprise if the public perception starts to shift momentum toward Carson over Inglewood.
After a 45-minute presentation to the assembled league owners, Carmen Policy, the man representing the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders in their pursuit of relocation to a new stadium in Carson, spent about 20 minutes speaking to the media.
After their own 45-minute presentation, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke and chief operating officer Kevin Demoff went to lunch. Demoff did speak to the media later for about seven minutes, but didn't provide much insight into the proceedings.
Such is the difference between an appointed consultant working on behalf of -- but not for -- the teams he represents, and an executive vice president trying to find the delicate balance between selling tickets in his home market and pitching a potential move to the rest of the league. http://www.packersnflofficialonline.com/Davon-House-Jersey "I never viewed this as a competition," Demoff said. "I viewed this as an opportunity for the NFL to hear about both projects."
But that opportunity for the NFL to hear about both projects is a step in a process that can't be seen as anything but a competition. It would be naive to think that what's currently taking place is something other than a battle to offer the best and brightest opportunity for the NFL to return to L.A.
Behind closed doors, Policy joined Goldman Sachs in presenting the Carson project, while Demoff and Kroenke unveiled the Inglewood proposal. There's no way of knowing how those presentations were received, as most owners declined to discuss specifics, but from the outside, there was clearly one project pushing harder than the other.
"Let me just say this: The Raiders and Chargers are committed to L.A., and they've spent a lot of money [on L.A.]," Policy said. http://www.bearsfootballproshop.com/Jim-Mcmahon-Jersey Since he was named as the point man for Carson back in May, Policy hasn't been too hard to find.
Not only did Policy take the time to talk Tuesday, he offered plenty of insight into how he sold the Carson project to the owners. At the top of that list was an emphasis on how the Carson project solves the stadium problem for two California teams without removing them from their home state.
"It cures the California dilemma," Policy said. "You’re not only curing the California dilemma but you’re curing it with California teams. These teams were born and bred in California. They’ve never left California. They’ve always been in California. So it just fits."
Policy described other reasons why Carson makes sense, including its location near the freeway, the ample on-site parking, its ability to help create a larger footprint in California extending from Santa Barbara to Mexico, and various other selling points. He also emphasized that the Carson project allots eight acres of rent-free land for the NFL to use in building whatever it sees fit, up to and including a home for the NFL Network, NFL digital ventures and perhaps even a western wing for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Policy spared no detail in his media session, even pinpointing the number of follow-up questions he got from the owners (three, for those wondering). http://www.raidersnflofficialstore.com/Jack-Tatum-Jersey As you'd expect, the Rams took the opposite approach. Demoff repeatedly referred to the Inglewood presentation as a chance to "show the NFL’s opportunities in Los Angeles and what can be done." Per custom, Kroenke declined to speak to the media.