NFL’s Chargers, Raiders and Rams File for Relocation to Los Angeles

NFL's Chargers, Raiders and Rams File
Courtesy of San Diego Chargers

The 20-year NFL drought in Los Angeles may soon be over.

On Monday, three teams from the NFL — the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams — all filed to relocate to Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

The NFL confirmed the petitions in a statement.

“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 league said.

It’s unclear which of the three teams will get approval from NFL owners. Each candidate needs a 75% affirmative vote to relocate their franchise.

Last year, the Chargers and Raiders proposed a $1.75 billion stadium in Carson that both AFC teams would share.

The NFC’s Rams, meanwhile, were first to offer to build a new stadium in the LA market, proposing a $1.86 billion facility in Inglewood.

The National Football League has said it will only support one new stadium in Los Angeles to be shared by two teams.

“The applications will be presented for consideration at next week’s league meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday,” the league said.

The Chargers have been Southern California’s only NFL team for the past two decades after the Raiders and Rams both moved away from Los Angeles in the mid-1990s.

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer expressed his frustration with the Chargers’ decision late Monday.

“The more San Diego has done the less engaged the Chargers have become,” he wrote on Twitter. “This announcement isn’t a surprise but it’s still disappointing for generations of Chargers fans.”

The two approved NFL teams may temporarily play at the L.A. Coliseum, home of the USC Trojans, which is expected to undergo major renovations this spring.


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  1. Sam America says:

    I boycott the NFL with their pay to watch games crap and high ticket prices and horrible politically
    correct rules and announcers and the wimping of the game with their new rules! Tax payers should
    not have to give them any support and if they can’t afford to exist on their own let them fold. I watch
    college football but now it’s become as bad as the NFL with the same crap going on but at least the
    players play to win and the games are still exciting to watch. St. Louis should send the Rams back
    to L.A. and Arizona should go back to St. Louis and let Arizona get another team. The Chargers
    belong in San Diego and the Raiders belong in Oakland. just get rid of the thug annoying fans!

  2. Occultology says:

    Building Billion Dollar Taxpayer supported buildings for Billionare Owners of the NFL, which is a 501(c)3 “Charity” that gives most of the “Donations” to itself.

  3. Tim S says:

    The NFL is writing its obituary if they believe they can blackmail cities and fans for stadiums and even more money. This is a shameful move and a slap to the face of every fan who has given money to these people. Pure greed. Plain and simple.

    • Sam America says:

      real fans can’t even afford tickets anymore! it’s all corporate! or for either the dope fans who continue
      to pay ridiculous prices or the ones who pay with their welfare checks by the tax payer anyway!

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