SD stadium negotiator fires back at Goodell

Posted at 11:50 AM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-10 14:50:37-05

San Diego's lead negotiator with the San Diego Chargers has fired back, and says the team ""created their own uncertainty" when it comes to a new stadium.

The city and county of San Diego's negotiator, Chris Melvin, fired back Saturday night after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced earlier Saturday that Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego "had not provided adequate stadium solutions to keep the Raiders, Rams and Chargers in their respective cities."

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"We could have already gained voter approval of a stadium under the plan laid out this summer by the city and county," said Melvin, an attorney. "But the Chargers stonewalled, rebuffed attempts to negotiate a term sheet,
and refused to act.

"Despite all this, San Diego has proven that it's a region that supports its major league teams."

Goodell does not have the authority to give an OK for a team move to Los Angeles. But all 32 team owners will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Houston and might vote on which team will allowed to relocate.

Goodell had been planning to announce his verdict on all three current NFL cities falling short before the meeting in Houston, the Union-Tribune reported.