We've been hearing about a team moving to Los Angeles for several seasons now, mostly rumors and vague threats by owners trying to secure public funding for a new stadium. But as of yesterday, we now have three concrete attempts to make the move. From the NFL's statement:
Three teams – the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and San Diego Chargers – each submitted applications to our office today to relocate their franchises to the Los Angeles area beginning with the 2016 season. Each team submitted the appropriate documentation in support of its application as required by the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations.
The applications will be reviewed this week by league staff and three league committees that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday -- the Los Angeles Opportunities, Stadium, and Finance committees. The applications will be presented for consideration at next week’s league meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday. The relocation of a franchise requires the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the NFL clubs (24 of 32).
Longtime Houston football fans can certainly empathize with the situation here, having lost the Oilers to Tennessee back in the mid-90s. So how will it shake out? This ABC News article has more details:
Rams owner Stan Kroenke has proposed a $1.86 billion stadium project in Inglewood, the project that essentially jump-started this whole affair. But Kroenke has received opposition from the city of St. Louis, which has put forth a $1.1 billion stadium proposal on the city's north riverfront. St. Louis' plan, which was finalized and submitted to the NFL on Dec. 29, includes $400 million in actionable public money.
Meanwhile in California, the Chargers and Raiders have forged an alliance to propose a $1.75 billion NFL stadium in Carson. The two teams currently play in the two oldest stadiums in the NFL and, after years without much progress toward new venues in their current markets, have set their sights on Carson.
So St. Louis is scrounging up the money to get a new stadium for the Rams, while the Raiders and Chargers are working together to move into a single stadium in L.A., just like with the Jets and Giants in New
Seems like the path of least resistance will be to favor the in-state move of the Raiders and Chargers, and force the Rams to accept their city's stadium proposal. But what say you? Have any dogs in this fight, Texans fans? Personally I was kind of hoping for the sheer novelty of the Raiders moving to San Antonio (much to the chagrin of Bob McNair and Jerry Jones), but it looks like that possibility fell through rather quickly. Discuss!
By the way, this would be the second stint in L.A. for the Raiders and Rams should either of them make the move. Skimming through the ugly history for both of these franchises in this city leads me to wonder why in the hell are they even bothering with this.
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