NFL returning to LA Fans hold up a signs commenting on the possible move by the San Diego Chargers during an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams have filed to move to the Los Angeles area. They are trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation's second-largest market. It has been 21 years since L.A. had an NFL team.
 
The Chargers want to partner with the AFC West rival Raiders on a stadium. It would be in Carson.
 
Chargers chairman Dean Spanos has had the right to leave San Diego since 2008. But the team's long, contentious efforts to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium became more aggressive after Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans to build a stadium. It would be in Inglewood.
 
The NFL confirmed it received the applications to move for the 2016 season. They will be reviewed by league staff and three committees of owners. All owners will meet in Houston during the week of Jan. 10. They are expected to vote on whether to allow any of the teams to move. A team wanting to move needs 24 of 32 votes.
 
Los Angeles has been without the NFL since after the 1994 season. That's when the Raiders moved back to Oakland.  And it is when the Rams moved to St. Louis. The Rams had been in the L.A. area since 1946.
 
The Chargers and the city of San Diego have been at odds since 2000. That is when team owner Alex Spanos said the team needed a new stadium. It was just three years after the stadium was expanded to accommodate the Chargers and Super Bowls.
 
The stadium saga turned nasty this year. Mark Fabiani, an attorney for Dean Spanos, criticized Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his proposals to keep the team.
 
In a video posted on the team's web site, Dean Spanos blamed "the inability of the city at the political level to get any kind of public funding or any kind of vote to help subsidize a stadium."
 
The Chargers walked away from negotiations with the city and county.  That was in mid-June.
 
In the three brief negotiating sessions between the Chargers and city and county officials, the team mostly focused on what it called a flawed environmental impact report for a new stadium. The team did not negotiate finances. But it has said that it expects a public contribution of at least 60 percent.
 
Under the city and county's proposal, public funding would be capped at 32 percent. The team would be responsible for overruns.
 
The Chargers claim 25 percent of their fan base comes from north of San Diego County. The team has declined to offer proof, however.
 
Oakland has expressed interest in building a stadium for the Raiders at the Coliseum site. But the city has no funding plan as of yet.
 
The Rams currently have a year-to-year lease with the Edward Jones Dome.
 
Kroenke has ignored efforts by a St. Louis task force.  The task force has proposed a $1.1 billion stadium. It would be built along the Mississippi River.  The site is not far from the Rams' current stadium. That facility was built in 1995.
 
Rams coach Jeff Fisher was head coach of the Houston Oilers when they relocated to Tennessee in 1996. That could happen again.
 
"I shared with the team today, I've been through this experience before," Fisher said Jan. 4.
 
Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis of the Rams said the demands of the season kept a possible move of the team from being too big of a distraction.
 
"Really, it'll become a big distraction now as you sit with nothing to do. And you realize it's what, two weeks or not even (that) away from the decision," Laurinaitis said. "Everyone's just kind of fatigued about it, to be honest. Everyone wants to know one way or another."

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Which team has the best chance of relocating to LA, and why?
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COMMENTS (106)
  • isaiahd-san
    1/07/2016 - 12:54 p.m.

    The Raiders because they had their stadeyum there and play their first game their but then the city moved the to ocklend. And the Chargers thedplay in sandeago but they mitght be the same to go to the same stadium.but I think the radiers

  • davida-31721-san
    1/07/2016 - 01:05 p.m.

    The Rams had a better chanse because the raiders moved to Oakland agin and the Rams went to la and the Chargers stayed

  • valeriam-san
    1/07/2016 - 01:08 p.m.

    The chargers have the best chance to go to relocating to LA

  • colton-war
    1/07/2016 - 01:09 p.m.

    Very interesting! As someone who comes from a very NFL interested family it is interesting to see what plans they have in store to bring NFL back to L.A. It is also a good time to do it as the NFL season is nearing it's end they could have it built and almost or completely finished by next season!

  • ben0424-yyca-byo
    1/07/2016 - 01:42 p.m.

    I think that having a NFL team in LA is great. LA is one of the biggest cities in the US, but they don't have a NFL team. This is a big decision. If a team does get moved to LA, the fans from the previous city might get mad so this could be a bad decision too.

  • william1108-yyca
    1/07/2016 - 02:50 p.m.

    WOW! Building a new stadium along the Mississippi river. But I have actually never seen that river before. But I don't even watch football. Or even super bowl. I don't watch it because it sounds and looks boring. But I still don't know if I like it or not. Maybe one day I will watch Super bowl or football.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    1/07/2016 - 03:05 p.m.

    The NFL might have been able to be returning to LA because the fans of NFL might have missed the NFL since the time that the NFL had left LA to relocate to an area where they would team up with other teams. The NFL fans might have not liked for the NFL to leave LA because the fans might not liked for the NFL to leave to different states where they would team up with other teams in the states. The NFL might have been able to move to other states to team up with other teams because the NFL might have wanted to team up with the other teams that had played football over time. The fans doesn't even want NFL to leave because the NFL might have been great that the fans doesn't want the NFL leaving LA to other states to locate where the other teams to team up with.
    Critical Thinking Question: Which team has the best chance of relocating to LA, and why?
    Answer: The Chargers might have the best chance of relocating to LA because the Chargers doesn't want to like leaving all of their fans behind to a new stadium.

  • calvinh-4-bar
    1/07/2016 - 06:20 p.m.

    The San Diego Chargers have the best chance of relocating to LA because "The Chargers claim 25 percent of their fan base comes from north of San Diego County" which makes it an easy move for the Chargers since they would also have a chunk of their fans nearer the stadium.
    I think that since the Chargers aren't able to provide proof of the fan base, and their history with the San Diego county on the stadium, it seems unlikely that any NFL team will be coming to LA.

  • tialden-1-bar
    1/07/2016 - 07:09 p.m.

    The Chargers have the best of chance of moving because their current stadium needs huge renovating anyway and so they would rather just build a new one with a new location. Plus if the Chargers move the Raiders will also share the stadium which will make both parties happy. Also the Rams still have a 2 year lease on their stadium which makes the Rams at a disadvantage. I thought this article was useful because I live in LA and want to learn which football team might come to the Los Angeles.

  • aidanp-1-bar
    1/07/2016 - 07:51 p.m.

    The rams because they have a year to year plan at there stadium.

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