At today’s NFL owners meeting in Houston, three franchises came to the table with requests to relocate to the Los Angeles area. Only one was granted so.
The Rams will leave St. Louis and move to Inglewood, CA in 2016.
The Rams originally played in LA from 1946 to 1994 when the team moved to St. Louis. NFL owners voted 30-2 in favor of the move. The Chargers have one year to decide to join them and the Raiders will stay put in Oakland.
BREAKING: The NFL owners have voted to move the Rams to L.A.
Chargers have a year to negotiate deal to join them. pic.twitter.com/Kfk67S9bmK
— ESPN (@espn) January 13, 2016
Early in the day on Tuesday, owners originally recommended the proposal of the Chargers/Raiders joint stadium to relocate to the Carson site. That idea fell through, as did the Rams having their own stadium.
So, the NFL gave the owners essentially two new options – approve the Chargers/Raiders plan, or move the Rams with the option of either the Chargers or Raiders.
Should the Chargers decline to join the Rams in Inglewood, the offer would then shift to the Raiders. The team(s) that end up not making the trip to Tinseltown will receive $100M in funding from the NFL to help construct a new stadium in their current market.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke spoke on behalf of his franchise following the official announcement.
The Rams have released the following statement on their return to Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/MDpz2CX1KK
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 13, 2016