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San Diego city officials meet with NFL owners to discuss stadium

SAN DIEGO -- The City of San Diego works to take another step forward in keeping the San Diego Chargers by meeting with the NFL owners committee on Los Angeles opportunities on Monday morning in Chicago.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's lead negotiator, Chris Melvin, will meet with the committee, giving a 45-minute presentation on the city’s plan to build a new stadium in Mission Valley at the current Qualcomm Stadium site.

Later in the day, Faulconer, county supervisor Ron Roberts and city attorney Jan Goldsmith will meet with reporters to provide an update on the meeting.

The full ownership group will meet on Tuesday, getting updates on the Chargers and Oakland Raiders' plan to build a new stadium in Carson, along with the St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke's plan to build a new stadium in Inglewood. Owners also will get updates on the progress in the home markets in San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis.

As Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports, no votes will be taken at the meetings, but it serves as an important informational gathering session to help owners ultimately decide the best scenario on returning to Los Angeles.

My take: This is the first opportunity for Faulconer and the city of San Diego to tell its story directly to owners. Faulconer needs to put his best foot forward and continue to build on the momentum created in a productive meeting with NFL executive Eric Grubman in July.

The New York Times offered Junior Seau's daughter Sydney and opportunity to give the entire speech she would have delivered if the Pro Football Hall of Fame allowed her to speak after the unveiling of her father’s bronze bust on Saturday. Check out the video.

My take: It’s a well-written, powerful speech that gives you a glimpse inside Junior’s life from Sydney’s perspective. I would have liked to have seen it delivered on center stage at the induction ceremony.

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report offers this Q&A with Philip Rivers, talking about his future with the franchise.

My take: Not much new ground is covered, but the interview does provide more perspective on Rivers' concerns with relocating his large family to Los Angeles. It’s worth a read.