The Rams Stadium Proposal Wins The Fight For LA

NFL LA Inglewood StadiumAfter a 21-year absence, the NFL is finely returning to the tiny pro football-lacking municipality of Los Angeles, California. The nation’s second largest market’s days of being used as a bargaining chip and more recently, the centerpiece of a 3-team/3-city game of musical chairs has come to a conclusion. 

Tuesday, during league-wide owners meetings at The Westin Houston, Memorial City hotel, a super majority of owners (30-2 vote) determined that the St. Louis Rams will be relocating to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, with the San Diego Chargers granted a one-year option to join the Rams in LA, either for the 2016 or 2017 season.  As part of the agreement, the Chargers will be provided with an additional $100 million, if the team is able to work out a new stadium arrangement in San Diego.

The Oakland Raiders (the odd team out in the equation) will also receive an additional $100 million in their efforts to construct a new stadium in the Bay Area. If the Chargers choose not to exercise their LA option, the Raiders will then have the right to relocate south, if efforts in Northern California do not come to fruition.

The second potentially relocating team (Chargers or Raiders) would either be a partner with the Rams in stadium construction and operation (not the surrounding development), or serve as a lease-paying tenant to Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

While the Rams have always desired the Inglewood location, the Chargers and Raiders long championed a shared stadium site in the LA County city of Carson, located 13 miles south of Inglewood.

Either franchise joining forces with the Rams was never the desired option. Chargers owner Dean Spanos and Raiders owner Mark Davis definitely leave Houston considerably more unhappy than the Rams’ Kroenke.

The Rams called Los Angeles home from 1946-1994, with the Raiders playing in LA from 1982-1994. The Chargers played their inaugural season in LA, back in 1960.

Here is a detailed look the incredible plans for the new Inglewood Stadium.

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