One of the two Los Angeles football projects just got a high profile hire. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have been working to develop a joint stadium project in Carson, California. They made a noteworthy move on Monday announcing the hiring of former San Francisco 49ers executive Carmen Policy to help with the project.
Policy has been out of the NFL for over ten years, but had extensive history in the league before then. He was Eddie DeBartolo's right hand man for much of the latter's time running the San Francisco 49ers. He followed that up with a run as president of the Cleveland Browns until 2004.
I was not aware of this, but according to reports surrounding his hiring, Policy was part of an NFL ownership committee that tried to get a stadium done for the then Los Angeles Raiders. It fell through at the last minute, and Policy now views this as unfinished business. He will be involved in the politicking, as well as the business end of things.
According to the LA Times, Policy will be at the owners' meetings that kick off Tuesday morning in San Francisco. Both the Chargers/Raiders and the St. Louis Rams will be pitching their respective projects to the owners. I think we end up seeing the Chargers and Raiders splitting the Carson stadium, with the Rams staying in St. Louis. San Diego is pushing to get a new deal done, but I just don't see it happening.