Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams & San Diego Chargers file for relocation to Los Angeles
The NFL announced on Monday that three teams officially filed paperwork to relocate to the Los Angeles area. L.A., the nation’s second-largest market, hasn’t had a team since the Raiders and Rams left after the 1994 season.
The league released the below statement:
The Raiders are hoping to return to Los Angeles for the second time. The team left Oakland following the 1981 season before returning from Los Angeles in 1995.
Owner Mark Davis wants to partner with the division rival Chargers to build a stadium in Carson, Calif.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke is part of a group planning a $1.8 billion stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The franchise has been playing in St. Louis the past 21 seasons.
The Rams currently have a year-to-year lease with the Edward Jones Dome. The team said on its website that it sought to relocate to the greater L.A. metropolitan area, where the team played from 1946-94.
Kroenke has ignored efforts by a St. Louis task force that is proposing a $1.1 billion stadium along the Mississippi River, not far from the Rams’ current stadium built in 1995.
The Chargers have played in San Diego for 55 seasons.
In a video posted on the team’s website, chairman 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.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.