Raiders, Chargers willing to switch divisions with L.A. move

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Could one of the NFL’s oldest division rivalries be coming to an end?

With a shared $1.78 billion stadium proposal for Carson, the aspiring L.A. teams announced a willingness to realign conferences.

Carmen Policy, one of the executives on the project,  said that both of the Calif. teams are willing to let the NFL decide who goes where, if they both go to L.A., according to an Associated Press report.

“[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 shared venue. 

One of the two teams would have to realign, so there would not be any scheduling conflicts. However, it would end a 55-year division rivalry that dates back to the original AFL.

Currently, all four of the AFC West teams share heated rivalries due to their AFL days. Yet those rivalries would subdue, if the Chargers or Raiders shifted to the NFC conference. There could no longer be two meetings shared between each of the Chargers, Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs or Denver Broncos.

The Carson stadium project release comes, as the Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s Inglewood stadium begins to pick up steam. The Chargers played in Los Angeles during the 1960 season, while the Raiders made L.A. their home from 1982-94. 

A proposed two-conferences in one L.A. market, would mirror the New York Jets and Giants who are currently co-tenants.

Amenities of the Carson project include: a red carpet, palm trees, an on-field outdoor patio, a red carpet, several gigantic outdoor-monitors, and eight-acres for the NFL Network and west-coast annex of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. More details about the project pitch can be found via the OC Register’s full-report.

 You can view the promo in the tweet below.

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Pete D. Camarillo is currently a credentialed Lakers writer for SportsOutWest and co-host of the weekly Touchdowns and Tangents podcast. Pete enjoys creating content about music, life and West Coast Sports, specifically the NBA and NFL. He has published more than 1,000 articles across various publications including ClutchPoints, FullPressCoverage, TheSportsDaily, Fansided and Inquistr. Pete is also currently a full-time media relations professional for Business Wire and he is active in ONA, SPJ, NABJ and AAJA organizations in Los Angeles. The 2015 CSUN Journalism grad volunteers on his Journalism Alumni Association Board of Directors now. His background includes community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. studying sports management, football coaching and earning a fellowship for his entrepreneurship ventures. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.


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