Relocation Like We’ve Never Seen Before In The NFL
The Chargers, Raiders, and Rams have filed relocation papers. After agreement from city officials, the moving of a team requires approval of 24 of the league’s 32 owners. Somebody somewhere is going to lose their NFL team this offseason, and Los Angeles will have professional football next year.
Statement from the San Diego Chargers
Upon the Team’s Filing of its Relocation Application:
Today the San Diego Chargers submitted to the National Football League the team’s application to relocate to Los Angeles.
We have tried for more than 14 years, through nine separate proposals and seven different mayors, to create a world-class stadium experience for fans in San Diego. Despite these efforts, there is still no certain, actionable solution to the stadium problem. We are sad to have reached this point.
What happens next is in the hands of the NFL’s owners, who will meet in Houston on January 12-13. The Chargers have pledged from the outset to respect whatever decision the League ownership makes.
Statement from the St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams informed the National Football League today that the Rams propose to relocate to the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The relocation would be effective for the 2016 NFL League Year.”
Statement from the Oakland Raiders
In accordance with the relocation policies, the Oakland Raiders submitted a relocation package to the NFL. The matter is now in the hands of the NFL’s owners. An owners’ meeting is scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas on January 12 and 13, 2016.
Statement from the NFL on Relocation
The applications will be reviewed this week by league staff and three league committees that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday — the Los Angeles Opportunities, Stadium, and Finance committees. The applications will be presented for consideration at next week’s league meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday. The relocation of a franchise requires the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the NFL clubs (24 of 32).