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 for relocation to the Los Angeles area, trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation's second-largest market after a 21-year absence.
 
The Chargers want to partner with the AFC West rival Raiders on a stadium 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 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 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 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 along the Mississippi River.  The site is not far from the Rams' current stadium.  It was built in 1995.
 
Rams coach Jeff Fisher was head coach of the Houston Oilers when they relocated to Tennessee in the 1996.  That could happen again.
 
"I shared with the team today, I've been through this experience before," Fisher said Jan. 4. "We have to take the approach and with the assumption that everything's taking place here in St. Louis until we're told otherwise."
 
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 closure to it all, just wants to know one way or another."

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Which team has the best chance of relocating to LA, and why?
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COMMENTS (61)
  • luket-4-bar
    1/07/2016 - 11:49 p.m.

    The San Diego Chargers are the most likely team to come to LA, because the city of San Diego can't pay for a new stadium. They want to partner with the Oakland Raiders on a stadium in Carson. This would solve the problem of money because they would split costs with the Raiders.
    I thought this was interesting because I am interested in the NFL and would like to have a local team.

  • jeremym-
    1/08/2016 - 08:46 a.m.

    The Rams because they're a better team in my opinion out of all the other teams that they list in the story.

  • jackw-4-bar
    1/08/2016 - 11:00 a.m.

    I think the Oakland Raiders have the best chance to come to LA because they are already making plans, and none of the other teams are. This article interested me because I have never been to a professional football game, and I want to know who I will be watching for my first game.

  • williamb-4-bar
    1/08/2016 - 11:42 a.m.

    The rams because their coach has announced plans to build a stadium in Inglewood.

  • treyr-hor
    1/08/2016 - 02:43 p.m.

    The authors purpose for writing this article was to inform the reader about the 3 NFL teams that want to go to L.A.I learned that the Oakland Raiders, Sandiego Chargers, and the St. Louis Rams want to move to L.A. I agree with the statement that the teams should get votes to see who gets to move to L.A.

  • carsonk-2-bar
    1/08/2016 - 06:29 p.m.

    The rams have the best chance coming to LA. "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." This article surprised me because I had no idea there would be teams coming to LA. This article is very interesting because now there will be games we can go watch.

  • ryanh-ver
    1/08/2016 - 09:33 p.m.

    Why would the teams want to relocate if they are doing alright where they are or have the option out to them for a new stadium to be built??

  • griffinw-hor
    1/11/2016 - 07:00 p.m.

    I think Smithsonian posted this to inform football fans and just regular people all over the United States that the Chargers,Rams,and Raiders are trying to relocate their stadiums. I think the Raiders have the best shot at relocating their stadium because they were the Oakland Raiders then the LA Raiders then they moved back to Oakland again. That is why I think Smithsonian posted this and what team has the best chance of relocating to LA.

  • victoriak-ver
    1/12/2016 - 02:57 p.m.

    I think that it is very cool that three football teams want to move to LA. LA will definitely have a NFL football team soon!

  • collinf-2-bar
    1/13/2016 - 08:18 p.m.

    The San Diego Chargers have the best chance of moving to LA because they need a new stadium, but don't have the money in San Diego. Moving to LA could lead them to partner with the Rams or Raiders on a stadium so they don't have to spend as much money.

    I found thus article interesting because I am a big football fan and want a team in LA.

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