Why the Raiders and Chargers stadium proposal solves the NFL’s LA needs

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Nov 16, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) shakes hands with San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle (32) after the game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Liu-USA TODAY Sports

I have been pretty adamant about the Raiders staying in Oakland. The Bay Area will forever be the mecca for Raider Nation, and it would be a shame if the team had to leave the AFC West due to a Southern California relocation. However, Angelinos, like myself (full disclaimer), can not help but be excited for the joint-project with the Chargers, after the release of a promo video this past week.

The video continued to tout the state of the art facility in Carson, which could be the home of the Raiders, should they move back to Southern California for the second time in franchise history. The Facilities are a far cry from their current stadium at O.co Coliseum, and it is a package that Oakland hasn’t come close to matching, because Floyd Kephart continues to drag his feet behind the pack in the race to save the Oakland Raiders.

If Oakland is no longer in the picture, the video sold me on Carson as the answer to football in Los Angeles. There are still many hurdles to overcome before the Carson stadium and the Raiders relocation get going, including the rival Inglewood stadium project via the St. Louis Rams. A project that has significant pull due to the deep pockets of Rams ownership, but doesn’t offer the same type of juice that having two NFL teams in the second largest market in the United States provides if the Raiders and Chargers were to join forces in Carson.

Here are five reasons why I believe that the Carson project is better than the rival Rams’ Inglewood project.

Next: Reason No. 1: Better Location