PHOENIX -- Houston Texans owner Bob McNair brings a unique perspective to the NFL's committee for Los Angeles opportunities.
The first failed bid to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles lost to McNair when the league instead formed the expansion Texans.
"I understand what they’re going through," McNair said. "I’m familiar with the market. I know what a burden it is and how difficult it is to bring all the people together to have the opportunity to construct a first-class stadium, and that’s not easy."
What did he learn about the market that’s helpful now?
"I could see that the market there is more fragmented," McNair said. "Los Angeles does not cover all of southern California, it covers a small area. And then you’ve got Pasadena and you’ve got Industry and Carson and on and on with those other cities scattered around. In terms of getting any type of public support, it was difficult for anyone trying to get a stadium at that point in time to get all those different communities together."
What's helping the current push to move a team to Los Angeles is the fact that the stadiums will not be mostly publicly funded.
"I think what’s happened is we’ve learned through the use of [personal seat licenses] you can raise a lot more money than we ever expected," McNair said. "That can be used to help finance the stadium. It sort of supplants the public funds that would have been put up. It’s just economically not feasible for the owner to put up 100 percent of the money.
"... That’s how we sold the project in Houston, it was sort of user pay. The hotel occupancy tax, well football draws a lot of people in. The rental car tax, people from out of town come in, they rent cars. It’s not property taxes that were supporting it. With PSLs it’s a way for the fans to make an investment in the stadium. Colleges have been doing this for years. If you want to get a good seat at a Texas A&M game or a University of Texas game, it depends on how much money you give the school. And it’s a lot more, frankly, than what people pay for PSLs. They’re doing it every year, whereas with a PSL it’s a one-time purchase."