Say hello to our little friend.

I’m surprised this story hasn’t gotten more attention yet.

The San Diego Chargers’ and Oakland Raiders’ plan to become the teams that move to Los Angeles received a big boost Wednesday when Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger agreed to oversee their bid to build a stadium.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora and Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan reported the agreement early Wednesday morning, and it was confirmed later in the day.

Citing sources, La Canfora wrote that Iger will become chairman of the teams’ bid to build a stadium in Carson, Calif., and the move could propel the Chargers and Raiders to begin play in the Los Angeles market as early as the 2016 season.

Chargers and Raiders executives, along with execs from other NFL clubs, are in New York for a “significant” meeting with NFL officials on Wednesday.

Iger will remain as Disney’s chairman and CEO, but will also become the non-executive chairman of Carson Holdings, LLC, and oversee all major initiatives with the venture, including stadium design and naming rights as well as fan experience. Iger will also be responsible for guiding construction and operation of the stadium.

I mean, how sweet is that for the Chargers and Raiders?

And, no, I don’t expect a college to make a similar move… but I could sure see the CFP folks pulling a stunt like that down the road if they feel the need for some extra juice.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil

11 responses to “Say hello to our little friend.

  1. Dog in Fla

    If it’s a small world after all, some fathom they’re going to need a bigger boat if both the Chargers and Raiders come aboard for plunder


  2. doofusdawg

    So they are going to share a stadium. So much for home field advantage… but I guess they can just flip the signs over to save more money. Poor Todd… stuck in St Louis with out a life raft.


  3. W Cobb Dawg

    Question is, how long before they LEAVE the L.A. market (again, in the case of the raiders).


  4. Bobby Bowden Syndrome

    agree, spending a lot of my younger days at the sunset grill, SD fans and the city itself is going to be in the hurt locker. I doubt LA will even realize the teams have moved there


  5. Noonan

    ESPN’s parent corporation will own and operate the stadium. Nice.


  6. AusDawg85

    If enhancing the fan experience is listening to “It’s a Small World After All” while riding a slow water ride to your seat, I fear for our future.


  7. Was listening to ESPN Los Angeles radio a few days ago…they were for certain the Rams were moving.

    Maybe LA and Orange County can just have their own division.


  8. Mayor

    Ever been to Carson, CA? They better have mega security. I’m betting they are going to have a problem getting folks from Pasadena, Pacific Palisades, Huntington Beach and Westwood to come to games there. Also, as soon as the first really bad incident happens……….