NFL to return to Los Angeles with one or two teams, report says
Los Angeles, without an NFL team for 20 years, reportedly soon may get one or two teams -- and they would be returning to their former homes.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio cites a league source as saying the NFL could move a franchise or two to L.A. in the next year to two years.
A team would announce a move in the 2015 or 2016 offseason, Florio writes, and set up at the Coliseum or Rose Bowl until a new stadium was built. Possible sites he mentions for a new stadium include L.A. Live in downtown, the Hollywood Park property owned by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, and Chavez Ravine, home to Dodger Stadium.
The three teams named as possible movers all used to play in Los Angeles -- the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and Rams. The Raiders and Rams left after 1994, and the Chargers played just their inaugural AFL season in L.A., in 1960.
In addition to their Los Angeles histories, the three teams also are unencumbered by stadium leases. The Raiders' lease expires after this season while the Rams are free to go after 2015. The Chargers would have to pay a relocation fee, but that decreases each year, Florio reports.
Last month, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Oakland was close to offering the Raiders a deal for a new stadium.