NFL owners have descended on Houston for two days of meetings to try and figure out the next step in relocation to Los Angeles. The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Oakland Raiders are the three teams vying for no more than two spots in the LA market.
The Raiders and Chargers originally tried to develop a plan in Carson, but now there are reports consensus is building for the Rams and Chargers working together in Inglewood. There is some talk that if the Raiders do not get the vote to move to LA, the NFL might come up with a bargain that provides them some of the relocation fee money as part of financing for an Oakland stadium.
There are a few reasons these meetings impact the 49ers. The first of course is the fact that the Rams moving to LA cuts down NFC West travel miles by considerable amount. A flight from San Jose to St. Louis is 3,420 miles roundtrip. A flight from San Jose to LA is 616 miles roundtrip.
The second is the Raiders stadium situation. If they can get a new stadium built at the Coliseum site, the Raiders would very likely split some time with the 49ers at Levi's Stadium during that construction. If it goes anywhere else in the Bay Area, Levi's is not impacted.
The final reason is the coach search. The 49ers are one of several teams trying to find a new head coach, and these owners' meetings might slow that process down. Jed York and John York have been active members of the 49ers search for a new coach. They could conduct interviews in Houston potentially, but there is no word yet on whether or not that is happening. Mike Silver said a Hue Jackson decision could come by the end of Wednesday potentially. These will all be things to track over the next 48 hours.