It’s Now Going to be the Los Angeles Rams and MAYBE the Los Angeles Chargers

  • The Rams will be relocating to LA for next season – but will play their first 3 years of home games at the LA Colosseum while their stadium is being built
  • The Chargers have the option to also move in 2016 OR 2017
  • The Chargers also have a deal for a $1.1 billion stadium in San Diego – but taxpayers must kick in $121 million
  • The Raiders have the option to move to Los Angeles IF the Chargers pass on their option

All of the various stadium options require taxpayer money, which immensely irritates.  I don’t care where the Chargers play – they’re my team – unlike many of my friends in San Diego who consider Alex Spanos’ potential interest in moving to be an act of utter disloyalty.

Via CBS Sports

After a 21-year absence, the NFL is finally returning to Los Angeles. The league’s 32 owners voted on Tuesday to send the Rams back to the city where they spent 49 years of their existence.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has reported that NFL owners officially approved the Rams’ relocation in a 30-2 vote.

The relocation vote is a huge victory for Rams owner Stan Kroenke who had been doing everything in his power to make sure his team would be able to leave St. Louis after the 2015 season. When the Rams turned in their relocation application in early January, they noted that any team trying to survive in St. Louis would suffer “financial ruin.”

The vote means that Kroenke can get started almost immediately on his $1.86 billion stadium project in Inglewood, California.

For the Chargers, the vote means that the team still has the option to try to work things out with the city of San Diego. The NFL has given the Chargers until January 2017 to negotiate a partnership with the Rams in Inglewood. If the Chargers haven’t made a relocation decision by Jan. 16, 2017, then the Raiders will have the option to join the Rams in L.A.

The Chargers were also given a second date of March 23, 2016. The team has to decide by then if they want to move to L.A. for the 2016 season. If they decide to stay in San Diego for 2016, then the January 2017 deadline takes over.

After the vote was done, NFL commissioner apologized to every city that will be losing a team.

“Stability is something that we take a lot of pride in,” Goodell said. “It’s bittersweet, too, because we were unable to get the facilities that we’d hoped for in their markets. We weren’t able to get it done for our fans in St. Louis and San Diego and Oakland.”

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