Fans hoping to see a Los Angeles franchise will have to wait a bit longer. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets that the Chargers, Raiders and Rams were notified by Roger Goodell that they will not be relocating to the City of Angels for the 2015 season. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com writes that the league wants to first secure a stadium site, with three locations leading the way: Hollywood Park, the city of Carson, and AEG’s site in downtown LA. The league could ultimately choose a pair of sites, as Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com notes the general belief that two teams will eventually move to the city.
We heard earlier this week that the Chargers and Rams were in a “race” to secure a franchise in Los Angeles, but the optimism about a switch waned as the week continued. The Chargers revealed yesterday that they would not be terminating their lease in San Diego, and the Rams were expected to make a similar announcement. Rapoport notes that the Rams have until the end of January to make a decision regarding their lease in St. Louis.
Meanwhile, Raiders owner Mark Davis previously told Rapoport that the organization is focusing it’s energy on staying in Oakland. ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson believes the team will now sign a one-year lease to stay at the Coliseum, but will pursue a move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season (Twitter links). Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that Davis is “open” to being one of two teams to relocate to the city.