3 NFL Teams File for Relocation to LA

Chargers, Rams, Raiders all want to move
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 5, 2016 12:57 AM CST
3 NFL Teams File for Relocation to LA
This is a Nov. 22, 2015 photo showing Oakland Raiders team owner Mark Davis walking on the field before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, in Detroit.    (Paul Sancya)

The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and St. Louis Rams filed for relocation to the Los Angeles area on Monday night, trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation's second-largest market after a 21-year absence. The Chargers want to partner with the AFC West rival Raiders on a stadium in Carson. Chargers chairman Dean Spanos has had the right to leave San Diego since 2008, but the team's long, contentious efforts to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium became more aggressive after Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans to build a stadium in Inglewood.

The NFL confirmed it received the applications to move for the 2016 season. They will be reviewed by league staff and three committees of owners that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday. All owners will meet in Houston next week and are expected to vote on whether to allow any of the teams to move. A team wanting to move needs 24 of 32 votes. Los Angeles has been without the NFL since after the 1994 season, when the Raiders moved back to Oakland and the Rams, who had been in the LA area since 1946, moved to St. Louis. The NFL is expected to make its final decision by March at the latest and only one of the competing stadium projects will be approved, reports the Los Angeles Times. (More Oakland Raiders stories.)

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