Chargers, Rams & Raiders Expected To File To Relocate L.A.
The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams appear to be ready to file documents to apply to move to the Los Angeles market as early at this week.
The Chargers and Raiders are exploring a joint venture in Carson while the Rams have unveiled plans for a stadium at the old Hollywood Park site, across from the once-fabulous Forum.
This has many in Los Angeles buzzing about the return of the NFL to the city. Carson’s City Council is ready to walk out with shovels today, but the moves may not be as imminent as the filing may indicate. If they happen at all, in fact.
Paperwork Does Not Mean Teams Are Moving To L.A.
Chargers executive Mark Fabiani said the filing is just a formality to keep the team’s name in the Los Angeles conversation, in an interview on XEPERS radio station in San Diego.
“At this point yes, because there’s no sign that the other teams are not going to file,” he said. That’s far from a “yes, we are filing this week and are looking forward to relocating to Los Angeles.”
There is a citizen’s initiative in San Diego to propose building a stadium just south of the Gaslamp (and there’s plenty of room for it, just beyond Petco Park, the highly popular baseball stadium for the Padres). If the City Council approves, it would be put on the ballot in June of 2016.
Los Angeles has already had two recent stadium proposals go nowhere, including the so-named Farmer’s Field downtown proposed by Staples owner AEG, and one in the City of Industry.