/Column: Even King Solomon couldn't get Goodell off the hook

Column: Even King Solomon couldn't get Goodell off the hook


AP
8:48 p.m. EST December 1, 2015

Counting the decade before he became commissioner, Roger Goodell has been working to put an NFL franchise back in Los Angeles and inside a new stadium for as long as it took 100,000 slave laborers to build the Great Pyramid of Giza.

So how’s the construction project going?

Funny you should ask.

The hot-button issue of Goodell’s tenure as commissioner is finally front and center as the league’s 32 teams meet Wednesday in Dallas — but only because a trio of owners forced his hand. The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders want to relocate to Los Angeles in time to usher in the 2016 season, and they want deadlines set before they depart Dallas to decide the issue by the time the Super Bowl rolls around. A vote later than that likely puts off any move to Los Angeles until 2017.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke wants to build and largely finance his stadium on a site he owns in Inglewood. Chargers owner Dean Spanos and Raiders boss Mark Davis plan to share and also bear most of the costs for a stadium at a site they own just down the road in Carson. The competing bids have already divided the league’s…

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