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Carmen Policy addition puts heavyweight behind Raiders, Chargers Carson stadium plans

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A few months ago the Raiders plans in Oakland and Carson were moving forward concurrently. Now days after serious concerns were raised about the Oakland stadium situation have been raised, the team's plans in Carson added some big time weight behind it - Carmen Policy.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Policy, he was once the team president of the San Francisco 49ers during one of the most successful periods in their history. He then went on to take over as team president with the Cleveland Browns before leaving the NFL in 2004.

Despite the more than a decade having passed since Policy has been part of the NFL, he still carries a lot of clout with the NFL.

This week the league will hold its owners meetings in San Francisco. At those meetings the Raiders, Chargers and Rams will all be making their bid for the LA market with their current stadium plans. The Rams and owner Stan Kroenke will be attempting to get approval to inhabit a new venue in Inglewood, while the Raiders and Chargers will be making their case to share a stadium in nearby Carson.

Policy will have him spearheading the efforts by the Raiders and Chargers and his presence should give them the upper hand over Kroenke and the Rams.

"I understand the league," Policy told the LA Times. "Even though I've been gone for a while, the dynamic within the room is basically the same, although many of the faces have changed."

Along with the respect Policy carries in NFL circles, he also has a great deal of experience with attempting to get the NFL to Los Angeles. He was part of the Raiders initial attempts to get a new stadium built in Los Angeles in the mid 90's before the plans fell through at the last minute and the team opted instead to move back to Oakland.

For Policy -- who will carry the title of Director Carson Holdings LLC -- he sees the Carson project for the Raiders as "unfinished business". And he said he wouldn't have come out of his hiding after 11 years if he didn't believe the project had a very good chance of happening.

This isn't to say the Raiders and Chargers have no hopes of getting deals done in their own cities. Those hopes remain alive until they officially are not.

At the same time, the Raiders must be sure they put themselves in the most favorable position to protect their interests in Los Angeles should the stadium plan in Oakland don't begin showing some signs of life.