( 4UMF NEWS ) Rams Headed To Los Angeles:
Once again, they are the Los Angeles Rams.
Just pack up the moving vans in St. Louis and hop on I-70 West. After 21 years, one Super Bowl victory and one Super Bowl loss and no winning season since 2003, the Rams are going back to Los Angeles. The Chargers may be joining them, and for now, the Raiders have been squeezed out.
NFL owners voted 30-2 in Houston on Tuesday to end this national nightmare and return the league to Los Angeles after the Rams and Raiders each left after the 1994 season. The Chargers have one year to exercise an option to join Rams owner Stan Kroenke in his $1.86 billion retractable roof stadium in Inglewood on the old Hollywood Park site as either a partner or tenant. If the Chargers pass, then the Raiders will have the same one-year option.
The Rams, who were not satisfied with St. Louis’ proposal of a riverfront stadium, will move for the 2016 season and are expected to play in the Los Angeles Coliseum, one of their former homes, for three years until the new stadium is ready in 2019. The Chargers can also join them in 2016 at the option of owner Dean Spanos. There is a public vote in San Diego in June to approve $350 million towards a stadium. Spanos can wait for the vote, which means he would not be able to move until 2017 if it fails, or he can move now. Of course, if he waits and the vote passes, he can stay.
To help secure new stadiums for the Raiders and Chargers, who play in the two worst venues in the league, the NFL has approved $100 million to each team towards construction costs if they can work out deals to build in their home market. It could come out of the Rams relocation fee, which is about $550 million.
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Here’s a rendering of what L.A.’s football stadium could look like.
“We have the relocation of the Los Angeles Rams to their home,” Roger Goodell said at the conclusion of the all-day meeting. “The facility will be absolutely extraordinary in the Los Angeles market. The fans will love it. It will set a new bar for all of sports.”
The Raiders and Chargers had been partners in a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, which is south of Los Angeles. But on Tuesday’s first ballot, Kroenke’s plan picked up 20 of the necessary 24 votes to pass. The Carson project trailed by a large margin, despite being endorsed 5-1 by the six-owner Los Angeles committee, which included Giants co-owner John Mara.
But once it became clear Carson would never pass – many owners objected to the Raiders moving back to Los Angeles – a compromise was reached with Spanos agreeing to the option agreement and Raiders owner Mark Davis basically bowing out and stepping aside.
“This is not a win for the Raiders,” Davis said. “We will see where Raider Nation ends up here. Don’t feel bad. We will get it right.”