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 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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  • elijahb-6-bar
    1/14/2016 - 08:37 p.m.

    I think the raiders do because they don't currently have a funding plan yet but when they do it will be good because they want to build the stadium at the Coliseum site. I recently heard about this because my mom lives in Inglewood and it would be really cool to see either the chargers or the raiders play there.

  • reidi-4-bar
    1/14/2016 - 11:51 p.m.

    Either the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland raiders, or the saint Louis Rams are going to be coming to Los Angeles. The NFL has confirmed that they have recieved the applications for which team is going to be moving to Los Angeles. I am very excited that Los Angeles is going to be getting a football team. I cant wait to go watch our new team play in Inglewood.

  • johnl-6-bar
    1/15/2016 - 01:12 a.m.

    The team that has the best chance in my opinion is the Rams. First, they have already had a stadium in LA and some of the fans from LA probably still support their team. Second, the Chargers can't support their evidence that 25% of their fans come from Northern County of San Diego,near where the stadium is being built. Lastly,that they expect the public to pay for 60% of the stadium.
    The reason why I chose this article is because I love to play and watch football.

  • antoniov-ver
    1/15/2016 - 01:59 p.m.

    The Rams are going to LA but I would have voted for the Raiders to go because they have to share a stadium with the baseball team of Oakland and have the worst stadium.

  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    1/16/2016 - 02:41 p.m.

    Since I'm not a sports person I don't exactly understand all this or care to. :P Seems like the Chargers, Raiders, and Rams are all trying to relocate to LA, yet each face struggles to get there. If I had a chance to say something to each of the teams I would simply state, "May the odds be ever in your favor."

  • kchas-wim4
    1/19/2016 - 01:10 p.m.

    I think the Rams have the best chance of relocating because they have not been good in St. Louis. They were actually decent in L.A. There is also no point for the Raiders or the Charges to move because they are in the same state and only 100-200 miles away. Also, old LA Rams will appreciate this and if the Chargers or the Raiders move, they will have a small fan base.

  • vincents-1-bar
    1/21/2016 - 08:56 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.

  • colleens-
    1/27/2016 - 08:30 p.m.

    I think that the Chargers will move to L.A. because the owner and city of San Diego have been butting heads since 2000. I don't think they will give them money to build a new stadium in San Diego.

  • ethanj.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 12:03 p.m.

    It was a very interesting article, I would've been more interested if the teams in the article were some of the better teams in football like the ones that went to the playoffs.

  • peytond.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 12:05 p.m.

    I usually don't listen much to sports but this was interesting

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