The NFL Returns to Los Angeles

It’s official. The Rams are moving to Los Angeles. At the January NFL owner’s meeting, 30 of 32 owners voted to approve the relocation of the franchise from St. Louis to Los Angeles and team owner Stan Kroenke’s plans to build a new $1.8 billion stadium in Inglewood, which is ten miles from downtown LA.

Kroenke’s project beat out plans submitted by the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders for a joint stadium in Carson, California. The Chargers now have one year to decide if they want to join the Rams in Inglewood or pursue other options. If the Chargers decline their option to join the Rams in LA, then the option will be given to the Raiders.

Chargers chairman Dean Spanos has said the team will remain in San Diego in 2016 and continue to pursue a new stadium; however, if a long-term stadium solution in San Diego cannot be worked out, the Chargers have agreed to join the Rams in Los Angeles. 

The Rams will be required to pay a $550 million relocation fee, which Kroenke is expected to pay in a lump sum, per reports. The move to LA is a homecoming of sorts for some, as the franchise was located in the LA area from 1946 to 1994, when they moved to St. Louis. Prior to 1946, the team was based in Cleveland.

While the Inglewood stadium is being built, the Rams will play its home games in the Los Angeles Coliseum until 2019.

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