The Chargers, Raiders, and Rams have all filed their applications to relocate to Los Angeles, according to a press release from the NFL. Today was the first day that teams were allowed to formally submit their applications.
“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,” the Chargers said in a statement.
Now, all three teams and their respective cities will wait to see what happens when NFL owners convene in Houston on January 12-13.
San Diego’s latest proposal called for $350MM in funding to come from the city, but a public vote to OK that measure isn’t slated to take place until June. Of course, with the owners meetings happening in a little over a week, that was not a suitable timeline for the Bolts or the NFL. The San Diego plan suggested that a new stadium would cost $1.1 billion in total with $200MM from the NFL, $363MM from the Chargers, and personal seat license sales accounting for $187MM. That plan will have no chance of coming to fruition, of course, if the league greenlights the Chargers L.A. move.
Months ago, the Raiders and the Chargers teamed up on a proposal that would have put both teams in a shared, $1.7 billion stadium in the city of Carson, California. Meanwhile, Rams owner Stan Kroenke has appeared hellbent on moving his team to a proposed site in Inglewood. As of late, some NFL owners have been looking to break up the Raiders/Chargers partnership and instead marry off the Chargers and Rams in Los Angeles.
The Rams and Raiders each issued two-sentence statements which didn’t provide much in the way of detail.