This new Socal stadium plan really is different

The San Diego Chargers take the field against the Arizona Cardinals during their NFL preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium on Aug. 28, 2014 in San Diego.
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The San Diego Chargers take the field against the Arizona Cardinals during their NFL preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium on Aug. 28, 2014 in San Diego.

I know, I know. The news today that there's yet another stadium proposal for Southern California sounds a lot like deja vu. We seem to hear almost weekly about these kinds of plans for the general L.A. area to lure an NFL team.

But this one is different. Not because of the stadium plan itself, but because it involves not one but two teams showing interest in getting pro football back to the Los Angeles TV market. The Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers are both reportedly looking to share the stadium and the costs to build it.

For years, we've been told the NFL would rather do without a team in the market, where the Rams and the Raiders failed to gain the kind of fan bases they craved. But when someone says "the NFL," what they're really talking about is the owners. And now we know that two owners are excited enough about L.A. to even be willing to share the territory. Make that three if the St. Louis Rams remain interested in returning after today's news.

Sure, this may turn out to be another case of nothing when it comes to actually building a new stadium. But at least we know the NFL's interest in the Socal market is rising.


Commentary by Jake Novak, supervising producer of "Street Signs." Follow him on Twitter @jakejakeny.