After months of vague rumors, we now know that the National Football League has indeed voted to relocate the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles. If that were not enough for the United States second largest city, the NFL has also given the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders the option to join the Rams there. The stadium would be located in Inglewood and could potentially house both the Rams and Chargers.
The news does not come as any surprise to any that follows the Rams, Chargers, or the Oakland Raiders, as all teams filed paperwork with the NFL earlier this month requesting permission to relocate, specifically to Los Angeles. The Rams seemed like the most likely team the entire time to make the move as Rams owner Stan Kroenke had announced plans to build a stadium in Inglewood, in the area between where the Lakers used to play and an old racetrack.
The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders now are faced with the decision to either join the St. Louis Rams in Inglewood. San Diego will be given first preference to move, and has the option to do so through January 16, 2017. If by that time they have not moved, the Oakland Raiders will then have the option. If neither time takes the option to relocate, they are not out of luck by any means. Both teams will be awarded 100 million dollars to make improvements on their stadiums, which are 2 of the 3 oldest stadiums in the league (the third being that of the current St. Louis Rams).
Why move to Los Angeles when you could take 100 million for your own stadium? Los Angeles is a prime market to grab ahold of as the United States second-largest television market, which makes it very appealing to teams trying to build up their franchise and following. Time will only tell, if now Los Angeles will create a loyal fan base, as the Rams have been here before from 1946 to 1994 and choose to relocate. Los Angeles also carries a reputation for not caring for the NFL nearly as much as the rest of the United States, but that can surely change.