Rams, Raiders join Chargers in filing for relocation to Los Angeles

AP

All three franchises that are interested in moving to Los Angeles have now submitted their applications for relocation to the league.

The NFL released a statement Monday night confirming that they have received the official relocation petitions from the Chargers, Rams, and Raiders.

“Three teams – the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and San Diego Chargers – each submitted applications to our office today to relocate their franchises to the Los Angeles area beginning with the 2016 season. Each team submitted the appropriate documentation in support of its application as required by the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations.

“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).”

The Chargers announced their intentions with comments from team owner Dean Spanos on the reasons why he was seeking to move up the road from San Diego to Los Angeles.

The Rams statement was much more succinct.

“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.”

The Raiders have yet to release a comment on their submission.

75 responses to “Rams, Raiders join Chargers in filing for relocation to Los Angeles

  1. The Chargers have my vote to relocate with that response. The lawyers earned their money on that write up.

  2. I can’t wait for these terrible teams to move here and charge us an arm and a leg to watch their ineptitude. It will be a true honor and I can’t give them my money fast enough as we don’t have any other entertainment options at all.

  3. Sad, Los Angeles already had 2 teams and blew it..I feel kinda bad for the fanbases of these teams, or at least the one that moves.

  4. thegreatgabbert says:
    Jan 4, 2016 10:54 PM

    All the players were hoping cities like Buffalo, Cleveland, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, etc. would apply to move to Southern California instead.
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    You are under the false impression that everyone is stupid enough to pay Cali tax rates

  5. staffordsyear says:
    Jan 4, 2016 11:01 PM
    Sad, Los Angeles already had 2 teams and blew it..I feel kinda bad for the fanbases of these teams, or at least the one that moves.
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    So, when Los Angeles loses a team it’s because we blew it and failed. But when any other city loses a team it’s the greedy owners and their fans deserve sympathy? Do I have that right?

  6. Here. We. Go.

    Though I know a bunch of politics etc goes on behind the scenes, that can’t come out during the season for clear reasons, but the time frame from official paperwork, to voting, for the movement of a billion dollar NFL franchise (nevermind 3) happening in a short 10 days is NUTS.

  7. Move Rams to London. Move raiders to Mexico City. Move chargers to Shanghai. On second thought I don’t care. I quit the NFL years ago

  8. Any news on if Donald Trump plans to file paperwork for the New Jersey Generals to relocate to Los Angeles too?

  9. Stan K is the devil. He is currently being sued by all of his past Busniess partners over the 10 years. And this is who LA. wants as their latex guy? Sheezz…

  10. Two teams move to LA. The third moves to Mexico and Donald Trump makes Roger Goodell pay for it.

  11. Hey…the Chargers are just a RB, O-Line, D-Line, and Secondary away from being a great team…if you go by the benchmarks of the owner of that team in South Florida. I can’t cast stones though being raised a Lions fan. I really should have filed for emancipation from our pile of smelly brown years ago.

  12. sparty0n says:
    Jan 4, 2016 11:04 PM
    thegreatgabbert says:
    Jan 4, 2016 10:54 PM

    All the players were hoping cities like Buffalo, Cleveland, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, etc. would apply to move to Southern California instead.
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    You are under the false impression that everyone is stupid enough to pay Cali tax rates

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    You are under the false impression that other states pay even half as much salary as California.

    I got a 50% raise just by taking the same exact job in California that I previously had in a red state. $$$$$$. That was eight years ago, now I’m making 400% what I used to make in that red state. So yea, I’ll pay 5% more tax in exchange for a massive, massive salary increase.

    California is the land of opportunity. It’s got a competitive business market, but I know many small business owners that started from scratch and are now raking in 7 to 8 figures a year.

    For what it’s worth, the red state had crappy roads and bad traffic too, primarily because the red state government was too busy investing in politicians’ special interests (ex: subsidizing Walmarts) rather than improving public infrastructure.

    Don’t let the facts get in the way of those self-fulfilling prophecies!

  13. Is it me or will Goodell embrace this because Los Angeles will the new “Deflate-gate?”

    Dirty secret: Goodell likes scandal or in-house fighting to keep the league relevant.

    This isn’t the NFL. This is pro wrestling.

  14. The biggest gamble here is now that the neck is officially stuck out, how can the teams, and the league itself, possibly vote these moves down and force these owners to go back to their old cities, trying to sell season tickets, advertising etc?

  15. Spanos sons quote “put that on our charge account” total Punks. Failures as teenagers bigger failures as whatever dad put them as. What a Joke!

  16. So all these teams want to play in LA THIS year. Where exactly would they play? Has any venue yet said they’d welcome an NFL team as a temporary tenant? If not, and if the NFL proceeds with granting permission to move, all the leverage rests with the venues – they could name their price and fleece the hell out of the relocating owners. Which would serve them right.

  17. Here’s Enos StanlyTop 10 reasons for moving….

    1. We havent had a winning record in 13 years. Hopefully nobody in LA knows that.

    2. I went to Rams park once in the 4 yrs I owned the team. That should show people I care.

    3. I may be the newest owner but I have more money than everybody except Paul Allen so I should get to do what I want.

    4. I haven’t addressed the good people of STL since the day I hired Fish. And I don’t want to.

    5. I just spent 28m on a coach who gave me 27 wins over 4 yrs. W/that piss poor decision making I need to find new revenue streams

    6. Nobody in STL likes my porno mustache.

    7. Nobody in STL likes my hairpiece.

    8. Everybody in LA will Ike both the wig and my hair lip.

    9. I promised Kevin Demoff (my talking piece) if he could take the bullets for me while I hid from the press I’d move him to sunny LA.

    10. Look at how successful the nuggets, avalanche and Rapids are! (My other teams). Whoops…scratch that last comment.

  18. 15 years from now the “Winners” of the LA derby will fill for relocation, after LA ignores another NFL team.

  19. As a now-former Browns fan, I would love to see this farce of a franchise move to Los Angeles.
    The NFL, ni 1999, sold us a Yugo GV and told us it was an Olds 98. Neither automobile is still manufactured, and this excuse for the Browns should no longer exist.

  20. Move Rams to LA, Chargers to St Louis and Raiders to London. Second thought Raiders to St Louis, Chargers to London

  21. Stan: “Well, NFL, I’m moving MY team and MY property to Los Angeles on Feb. 1”
    NFL: “Well, Stan, if you want to play Sunday games in OUR league and under OUR rules, we’re gonna need to chat first”

    Nobody forced Stan or other owners to be in the NFL. THEY WANT TO BE A TEAM OWNER IN THE NFL! I have heard numerous owners talk about how much of a “dream” it was to one day be part of the NFL.
    The rules should be clear and concise and ENFORCED.
    Hell, since it is THE OWNERS property, what if The Bengals, Bills, Bucs, Browns, Jaguars, Steelers, Colts, Ravens and Seahawks discover that they can DOUBLE the value of the property by moving to NYC BABY! The NFL would be killer with 11 NY teams! How excited would all the fans be????
    There is a reason why the University of Missouri signed a very lengthy (in more ways than one) deal to become a part of the premier college football conference.
    You want the PRIVILEGE of being able to put the NFL logo on your “property”? Great, here’s the rules. Deal with it. And ANY court that would not see it as such, is not just.

  22. Who wants any of those teams . Give us a start-up franchise . Even if we go 0-16 it’s better than the Raiders , Rams , or Chargers . They’ve all played here before .

  23. as a ram fan living in arizona where they reside is no big deal to me… but while i lived in tennessee i followed my rams and wherever they wind up they will always be my team!! just to clear up something the city of STL had 20 yrs to improve the edward jones dome and after 18+ years they come up with an inept 250 mil improvement plan, the rams plan called for about 750 mil in improvements the city called the rams crazy and now they approve a 1.1 billion dollar new stadium (thats right billion not million) plan what is wrong with this picture??

  24. Just remember NFL,

    Stan is building you a free NFL Network headquarters within his development in Inglewood if he is approved. Only Stan has the means to pay the $500M relocation fee.

    Stan has already said the second team in his stadium would only have the gameday revenue as opposed to a half partnership, no owner that is worth his salt would take that deal.

    No venue in LA is suitable for more than one NFL team on the interim basis while the Inglewood stadium is built. The Rose Bowl is already out of question which narrows down to the Coliseum.

    While the Raiders may have won the Super Bowl in LA, they have an undesirable crowd which would make any attempt of an LA return a failure.

    The Chargers is a nonstarter in LA no matter how one paints the picture, they are San Diego’s team.

    In closing, only the Rams make sense for LA.

  25. Here is a question that no one has thought to ask:
    Do the people of Los Angeles really care if professional football returns to their city?

  26. Regarding the Raiders need to relocate yet again, Buyer Beware. In 2014, Raiders were 30th in home attendance and 32nd in tv ratings. Yeah, that is one loyal fan base!

  27. Raiders still use fax machines with thermal paper. It is an upgrade from the big prehistoric bird perched in front of a stone tablet.

  28. Put the Chargers in El Centro
    Put the Raiders in Livermore
    Put the Rams in Sikeston
    Why not? If Santa Clara can have a football team, why can’t other no-name towns that hardly anyone knows about?

  29. Can’t blame the Raiders for wanting to get out of Oakland. the city has been stagnant for decades as a result of poor government policies.

    I moved my business out of there twelve years ago and unlike the Raiders, I never considered a return. I knew better.

  30. Los Angeles has too many distractions including celebrities, selfie-obsesses folks, world-class beaches, and the country’s best restaurants. I do not think the city needs an NFL team or three.

  31. Shoutout Mark Davis for stringing Raider Nation along just to sell tickets this year. You have proven to be just as much of a shiester as your dad.

    Love the Raiders but the Davis’s are a joke.

  32. I’m suprised one of these teams wouldn’t want to
    move their franchise to Toronto. Afterall, I believe
    they only had to GIVE AWAY 25,000 tickets to the last
    Bills in Toronto game. Now there’s a passionate
    football market!!!

  33. sl5150 says:

    Move Rams to London. Move raiders to Mexico City. Move chargers to Shanghai. On second thought I don’t care. I quit the NFL years ago
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    Yet here you are, posting on Pro FOOTBALL Talk…

  34. whereyaat says:

    You are under the false impression that other states pay even half as much salary as California.

    I got a 50% raise just by taking the same exact job in California that I previously had in a red state. $$$$$$. That was eight years ago, now I’m making 400% what I used to make in that red state. So yea, I’ll pay 5% more tax in exchange for a massive, massive salary increase.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I’m happy you’re happy that you are living in CA.

    When you got your 50% raise to move their, what did it cost to replace your home with a similar home?

    My home would be 10 times more expensive in CA and the property taxes would be more per month than my current mortgage payment that includes my property taxes.

    Gas prices are an extra $1.00 per gallon over what I pay.

    State sales tax rate is 15% higher than mine, and I live in one of the higher sales tax states.

    Plus – you have to live in CA…

    CA is a nice place to visit (just out there last June for a week in Sonoma), but I wouldn’t want to live there again (lived there in 1973).

  35. So, when Los Angeles loses a team it’s because we blew it and failed. But when any other city loses a team it’s the greedy owners and their fans deserve sympathy? Do I have that right?
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    You live in the countries second largest market. The NFL never would have left unless they felt it had to. It’s been 20 years and just now a stadium is getting built. If you were any other smaller market, like let’s say this has happened to Cincinatti, the NFL wouldn’t now be talking about going back because they would have washed their hands of you years ago deciding even if you built a stadium you weren’t serious long term. So yes, your city…be it politicians you elect or the people in general are at fault.

  36. I’m guessing the NFL knew it was the Rams years ago when the divisions were realigned.

    Why put the Seahawks, 49’ers, Cards and Rams in the same division if they weren’t going to be west coast bound? Makes no geographic sense an not like there were traditional rivalries back then between any of these teams.

  37. Rams, you deserve to go back to Los Angeles. Bring back the yellow and blue. Bring in Jim Everett for a media day. St. Louis has the Cardinals and can cheer for Phoenix if so desired.

  38. southridge23 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 10:59 PM
    As a bills fan, I know the fear of losing your team. Sorry for the fans who lose theirs

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    Best post on this topic.

  39. sl5150 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 11:30 PM
    Move Rams to London. Move raiders to Mexico City. Move chargers to Shanghai. On second thought I don’t care. I quit the NFL years ago

    Yet you are on Pro Football Talk?? Do people read these comments before they post?

  40. Why not:

    -Move the Raiders and Rams to LA. This gets the Raiders out of the Coliseum and Kroenke out of St. Louis as he wishes.

    -Move the Chargers to St. Louis. This gets them out of the political turmoil in San Diego and to a city that has shown at least some desire to want a franchise. A stadium deal could be reached with a willing owner.

    This arrangement would also allow the current divisional alignments to remain intact.

    Just a thought!

  41. dfwhawkguy says:
    Jan 5, 2016 8:28 AM
    I’m guessing the NFL knew it was the Rams years ago when the divisions were realigned.

    Why put the Seahawks, 49’ers, Cards and Rams in the same division if they weren’t going to be west coast bound? Makes no geographic sense an not like there were traditional rivalries back then between any of these teams.
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    What would be weird is if 2 AFC teams move to LA and the Rams are kept out. Do you keep both in the AFC West or slide one over to the NFC West and Move a current team in the NFC west over to the AFC West to balance it out? Seattle has got to prefer that the Rams get in to cut down on travel time- see next years schedule…

  42. How do they decide which (if any) team goes? I know the teams vote, but is it based on the reasons the owners gave for the move? or on the potential for revenues? Do these three teams get to vote? Does LA get a vote? Does the city they are trying to leave get a vote? With three teams moving, is there one big vote, (vote for A, B or C), or are there separate votes for each team? What if two teams get a yes? Or no teams? Personally, I would rather leave teams where they are. I’m still a fan of the Baltimore Colts, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Houston Oilers. But then, I’m old enough to remember listening to Sonny Jurgensen announcing Joe Theismann’s games. 🙂

  43. “Sad, Los Angeles already had 2 teams and blew it..I feel kinda bad for the fanbases of these teams, or at least the one that moves.”

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    Actually, three teams, as all three of the teams applying to move to LA once played there. Rams–1946-94, Chargers–1960, Raiders–1982-94. There were also the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Football Conference–1946-49–who merged with the Rams when the AAFC folded after the 1949 season.

    I suggest letting the Chargers go to LA, leaving the Rams in St. Louis, and either sending the Raiders to Santa Clara or San Antonio.

  44. Here I can tell you what the Raiders said….we are considering relocating to a city we already own the rights to. (period)

  45. The Raiders, Warriors, And A’s will soon be leaving. Oakland the only city to lose all 3 of it’s sports franchises. all that vacant land will be used for section 8 housing with high crimes. if the Mayor was smart she would pony up the cash for the Raiders to stay. But I would also blame Mark Davis for the move, he has been feeding raider nation nothing but lies since the begging saying “I want to stay”. if he really wanted to stay he would of put the same effort into finding sponsors and selling PSL just as he has been doing in LA. I put the blame 50/50. I for one will no longer be a Raider fan if they Move. Now I know how all the 60s and 70s Raiders fans felt when they first moved in the 80s. A lot of them became Niner Fans.

  46. The Great Gimmick from Washington (former starting QB that cost his team four high draft picks for his 12 career victories in games he both started and finished) has filed for relocation to Los Angeles and will take his Daddy Dearest, his statue at Baylor, and his personal logo and form his own NFL franchise.

    He is, after all, the greatest NFL quarterback and no one offensive player was so instrumental in preventing his team from scoring TD’s than himself.

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