Mad Dash Out West
Chargers, Rams, and Raiders all have eyes for LA
Back in June our Brandon Rush wrote at least one team would be playing in Los Angeles in 2016, Monday three teams made their intentions official by submitting paperwork to the NFL proposing they relocate to the nations second largest media market.
In a statement released by the NFL:
Three teams – the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and San Diego Chargers – each submitted applications to our office today to relocate their franchises to the Los Angeles area beginning with the 2016 season. Each team submitted the appropriate documentation in support of its application as required by the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations.
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 Los Angeles Opportunities, Stadium, and Finance committees. The applications will be presented for consideration at next week’s league meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday. The relocation of a franchise requires the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the NFL clubs (24 of 32).
The Rams have made it clear they intend to play in LA in 2016, while the Chargers and Raiders have left the door open to be delayed to 2017 or even later, and that is where this entire process gets messier.
The NFL had previously stated previously that it only will support a “one stadium/two team” plan, leaning towards the Raiders and Chargers joint stadium idea, however at this point it is up to the relocation committee to give the green light. We could know as soon as January 14th if we have one, two, or no teams heading west, and from all indications its an either/or solution. All three teams will not be calling LA home.
If a team gains the three-quarters vote to move to Los Angeles in 2016, the team(s) would play in the LA Coliseum, home of USC and the former home for both the Rams and Raiders until their simultaneous departures in 1995. The Rose Bowl’s governing body voted against housing an NFL team on a temporary basis despite playing host to UCLA and numerous Super Bowls.