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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  • madisons.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 12:07 p.m.

    The rams because they have and offer for money to be given to be able to build it.

  • landynm.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 12:07 p.m.

    I think they should try to get more sponsors so they can have the funds to build a new stadium instead of relocating and upsetting thousands of fans. I also heard about the Rams moving to London but the idea of relocation only causes conflict and chaos.

  • jacksonc.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 12:09 p.m.

    I have never really paid much attention to those teams but I hope they get what they want

  • josephd.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 12:10 p.m.

    I think the rams will move to LA because they used to be there and they don't have a strong fan base in st.Louis

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

    i think that the Rams have the better chance of relocating to LA

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

    I would say the rams have a better chance ,since they has been there for the longest time before they left.

  • kailynh.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 12:13 p.m.

    I think the rams have the best chance at moving to LA because they seem willing to put forward the work and the funding to get the mandatory things done.

  • deaconp.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 12:14 p.m.

    I think the rams have the best chance since they have a year-to-year deal with their stadium. That way,they can leave after one season and not have any trouble with negotiations.

  • dallinp.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 12:17 p.m.

    Personally, I think that they all have an equal chance of relocating to Los Angeles because I don't really know which one of them is better. The team that is better probably has the best chance of moving to LA.

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

    The chargers have the best chance because they used to reside there

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