The San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams all filed for relocation to Los Angeles, taking advantage of the very first day when it became possible for them to apply for such a move. It seems that not only are people looking to move to California, NFL teams are as well.
The league has issued a statement in which they said, among other things, that the teams all submitted appropriate documentation as required by the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations. They also said that the league staff, as well as three different league committees will be meeting in New York where they will review the applications. Next week in Houston, the league meeting will be dedicated to these three applications.
Finally, they added that a relocation of a franchise requires affirmative votes from at least three quarters of the clubs in the league, i.e. 24 out of 32. In addition to these, there is also a $550 million relocation fee to be paid by the owner looking to move their team to LA.
As far as the stadiums go, the Rams owner Stan Kroenke has envisioned a stadium in Inglewood, a $1.86 billion project, while the owners of the Chargers and Raiders have formed something of an alliance, looking to build a $1.75 billion stadium in Carson. The costs of these new stadiums are expected to be covered mostly by the league itself, which is definitely not something the league is interested in right now, according to Nick Wagoner from ESPN.com.
The only team to publicly explain their decision to relocate have been the Chargers whose official website features a discussion, outlining their reasons. Among these is the fact that they have been trying to get a new stadium for more than 14 years, talking to seven different mayors and going through nine separate proposals. They also added they were not happy to file for relocation but that this was something they had to do.
The Rams’ filing for relocation was anticipated by a stadium task force from the city of St. Louis who submitted a $1.1 billion proposal to the league in the hopes of keeping the team in the city. It is more likely than not this is the way league will want to go with the Rams.
Another question that needs to be asked is whether the city of Los Angeles has room for two, or even three NFL teams?
St. Louis stadium task force statement on Rams relocating: pic.twitter.com/kl7k7GU1E1
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) January 5, 2016