NFL returning to LA
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)
NFL returning to LA
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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)
  • tylera-1-bar
    1/07/2016 - 09:27 p.m.

    The Rams have the best chance to move back to Los Angeles because they have a year to year lease to the stadium the team currently plays at. In paragraph 15 the author states that, "Kroenke has ignored efforts by ST. Louis task force for a new stadium plan in ST. Louis." This gets you to think that the rams owner would prefer a relocation to Los Angeles. I chose this article because I would enjoy for a professional football to be instated to Los Angeles.

  • johnd-3-bar
    1/07/2016 - 10:54 p.m.

    The Rams have the best chance of relocating to LA because they were here for along time before moving to saint Louis." The Rams had been in the L.A. area since 1946." They didn't leave until 1994 so they were here for 50 years. They still have a lot of fans in the LA area so they can expect more income.
    It was interesting.

  • karliw-1-bar
    1/07/2016 - 11:22 p.m.

    Football hasn't been in the Los Angeles area since the 1994 season. The San Diego Chargers are a dying football team in need of an overall jumpstart. This could be the start of a new partnership and a revivial of football culture for Los Angeles, and a new start for the Chargers. The Chargers struggle, though, isn't recent. They've been dealing with the same ancient stadium and have had "long, contentious efforts to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium", which has been one of many problems. The football team and the city of San Diego "have been at odds since 2000. ". Chargers chairman Dean Spanos and team owner Alex Spanos have been negotiating about this with the city for at least fourteen years, until the team walked out on any future offers in mid-June. Since then,"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.". But, the county and city council memebers capped it off at 32% and has expected the team to take responsibility for overruns. The team later said that "25 percent of their fan base comes from north of San Diego County. The team has declined to offer proof, however." In other words, fans are not as involved and as loyal and appreciative as they used to be. On the contrary, if the two fanbases are in comparison, L.A. is definately the more supportive and spiritual crowd. It is also a more convienent move, considering the move is only a couple hours away, while the St. Louis Rams are hundreds of miles away and the Raiders are manyy more hours away than the Chargers. If the Chargers move to L.A., their fans will have their back, and a clean start and a new beginning will be set ahead of the San Diego team, and that is why they should have the best cahnce of relocating to the city of Angels.

  • adamp-3-bar
    1/08/2016 - 02:23 a.m.

    The three teams that could move to L.A. include the Rams, Chargers, and raiders. The team with the best chance is the Rams because the Rams have a legacy in L.A. It says, "The Rams had been in the L.A. area since 1946." being that the Rams have been here before for a long time means they'll probably be wanted back. In my opinion I want the Rams out of the three teams. I really hope at least one team moved here.

  • chloecoms-
    1/08/2016 - 08:56 a.m.

    St. Louis Rams.

  • bradleyl-
    1/08/2016 - 08:57 a.m.

    st.rams because they are the closest team to them that is in the same division

  • keanua-dic
    1/08/2016 - 09:17 a.m.

    It's good that L.A. Finally has a team again!

  • lucask-
    1/08/2016 - 09:44 a.m.

    Chargers

  • drewj-
    1/08/2016 - 09:50 a.m.

    I don't see whats the big deal of them moving back to LA.

  • jeremiahy-612-
    1/08/2016 - 10:52 a.m.

    I think that the San Diego Chargers have the best chance because they are the only team L.A really listened to on a proposal to come there.

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