The NFL owners have begun their final deliberations over whether to put a stadium in Cleveland for the 2016 season, a move that would bring more than $1 billion to the struggling city.
The owners voted to hold a meeting Tuesday and will meet again Wednesday to make their final decision.
The NFL will begin negotiating the terms of a long-term lease with the city’s economic development agency at a later date, and the teams have until Nov. 30 to sign a deal.
The league’s executive vice president of football operations and football operations, Troy Vincent, said in a statement that the league “will make a decision on where to put Cleveland’s new home.”
“As we have said from the beginning, we will not wait,” Vincent said.
“The time for negotiations is now.”
The Browns have made a series of public appearances this week urging the league to keep Cleveland as a home for the team.
The Browns released a statement Wednesday saying it will not negotiate with the NFL and that “the league has a history of not allowing us to negotiate with them.”
A spokeswoman for the Browns said that the team would not discuss the negotiations “for privacy reasons.”
The Cleveland Browns are a member of the NFL’s West Coast division.
The team has been playing in Los Angeles for more than two decades, but it will have no immediate plans to relocate.
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he believes a new stadium for the Cleveland Browns is a necessity.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The NFL’s other two West Coast divisions have also signaled they would like to move to a new city if possible.
The New England Patriots are in the process of negotiating with Seattle for a new home.
The Seattle Seahawks have also been talking with the Los Angeles Chargers for a potential move to Carson, Calif., although they have not made a decision.
A new NFL stadium in Miami is expected to be a focus of negotiations with the Dolphins, who would have to pay nearly $3 billion in stadium fees.
The Dolphins have also discussed a potential stadium in Atlanta.
“We’re not looking at any particular city at this point,” said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL executive vice presidents Troy Vincent and Paul Tagliabue in Miami on Thursday.
“But if we have to do something, we’ll do it.”
The NFL’s most recent stadium deal, which included a 30-year lease, expires after the 2020 season.
The Raiders, a member to the West Coast Division since the 2004 season, have been negotiating with the San Diego Chargers for the past two seasons to build a new NFL facility.
The Chargers, who have struggled financially, have indicated that they are willing to pay about $400 million more in fees than the Raiders, but the NFL has not yet made a determination on whether the two teams will be able to agree to a deal, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“It is a tough conversation,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said last week.
“I know that they would want a long term agreement that they can build on. “
But I would say we are not ready to go that route yet.” “
I know that they would want a long term agreement that they can build on.
But I would say we are not ready to go that route yet.”
And I know that the Chargers would be supportive, and they have been very supportive of our team and the city in general.”