Supporters of an NFL stadium in Carson needed 8,041 signatures to get their project on the city-wide ballot, and submitted more than 15,000 to their city clerk on Wednesday, according to the group Carson2gether.
Assuming those signatures get verified, Carson’s city council can either approve the project outright – as Inglewood did – or let voters decide in a future citywide vote.
Stadium supporters held what they called a “Petition Mission Accomplished Parade" through downtown Carson to celebrate Wednesday - though it’s not hard to get voters to sign petitions. Actually breaking ground, much less attracting a team, remains far from accomplished.
At the NFL’s owners meetings in Phoenix, commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league is not focused on a team relocating for the 2016 season.
"Right now, our focus is on the process, making sure that we're evaluating the opportunities in their existing markets, making sure we understand that and also making sure we understand what it takes to be successful in Los Angeles long term," said Goodell.
At the same time, Goodell said the league is considering moving up the window where teams can apply for relocation, which is normally the beginning of the year. From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
“We’ve had some discussion … about whether that's the appropriate timeframe to do so,” Goodell said, referring to the Jan. 1 to Feb. 15 window in which teams can apply to move. “There's a lot to do when you relocate your franchise. What would be the decision -- if made earlier, would that give teams the better opportunity to properly transition to a new marketplace? … That's been discussed. We certainly haven't come to a conclusion on that. We haven't ruled it out, though.”
Relocation to Los Angeles and the stadium situations of the Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams were the dominant topics at the three-day meetings at the Biltmore Hotel.
Any relocation requires approval from three-fourths of NFL owners.