After days of meetings and discussion, the NFL has seemingly made up its mind on which of the two teams that filed — St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland — will be relocating to Los Angeles.
News broke late Tuesday night that the relocation committee has chosen the Rams and Chargers and the stadium plan in Inglewood, California as the proposal to move forward by the owners. The Rams are guaranteed to move to LA while there is an option for the Chargers to join them should they choose. The Raiders will be remaining in Oakland.
The vote was passed by a dominant vote of 30-2.
This had seem to be the plan for Rams owner Stan Kroenke since he purchased the team in 2010. He purchased land years ago in Inglewood with plans of building a stadium, and it felt like it was just a matter of time before things ended up this way. The Rams will be keeping the name that they’ve held since they were previously in Los Angeles.
As far as the Chargers go, it had been reported that the organization wasn’t happy with how things unfolded. Their priority was a joint venture with the Raiders in Carson, CA. However, the NFL ultimately chose to go against that option. Because of this, the Chargers have a year to decide whether to stay or go. This option is sure to have fans upset because it leaves them waiting for a final decision on the team’s future. Still, that does mean there’s a chance of keeping the team in San Diego, albeit a slim one.
Being told the #Chargers are pretty angry at how it's turned out.
— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) January 13, 2016
For the staying Raiders, it’s expected that they will be given funds to help with the building of a new stadium. If that becomes the case, fans in the cities of San Diego and St. Louis are sure to be — rightfully — angry about that happening.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports