The man who runs "The Happiest Place on Earth," Disney CEO Robert Iger says he joined the Chargers and Raiders as the head of the Carson Stadium project because he believes when the NFL returns to LA "it should be loud" and it should be "theatrical."
Iger talked with KTTV Fox 11 sports anchor Liz Habib about his vision for the Chargers and Raiders in a proposed $1.7 billion stadium in Carson.
Iger says he believes LA should have 2 teams and if a return had involved only 1 team then he wouldn't have been interested.
"Make Carson the capital of football," Iger told Habib, "that's what it's about for me." He envisions a facility that is about "football from the time you drive on till you drive off." He stresses training the staff to create a great fan experience.
Iger got involved when Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson called and asked him to work with Chargers owner Dean Spanos and Raiders owner Mark Davis. Richardson told Iger he believes it is "time for the NFL to replant itself on LA soil, enough has happened over the years, enough debate and consideration."
Iger says he is friends with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, there is a "trust and respect" between them, but "Roger will do what he believes is in the best interest of the league."
It's the first time Iger has talked publicly about his involvement with the Chargers and Raiders and their push to get league approval to move to LA.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke is proposing a $1.8 billion stadium in Inglewood as part of a larger development that includes a theater, restaurants, office and retail space.
The 32 team owners will meet again on January 12 & 13 in Houston to try to iron out a solution. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke says he would accept a 50/50 partner team for his stadium in Inglewood. Iger says he has made an agreement to work exclusively on the Carson project with Chargers owner Dean Spanos and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis.
After the latest round of NFL owner's meetings in Dallas, several owners said neither side has the required 24 votes to get league approval, the Chargers and Raiders hope Iger can change that.