A group of influential owners strongly opposes the relocation of the Rams to Los Angeles, multiple sources tell Mike Florio of PFT. That group apparently includes Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who is emerging as one of the more outspoken members of the league’s L.A. committee. One source indicated that these owners view the Chargers and Raiders as more eligible to move under the league’s relocation policy, especially since it appears that St. Louis has a quality stadium proposal on the table.
Right now, it’s hard to say whether the Chargers and Raiders have the upper hand over the Rams. At this time, it appears that the Chargers definitely have the votes to block the Rams and that the Rams probably have the votes to block the Chargers.
Here’s more on the L.A. situation..
- If only one team goes to L.A., it could be the Chargers, Florio writes. One league source says that the thinking is that moving the Bolts would make the most sense, because it would preserve much of the San Diego fan base while expanding the team’s existing fan base in L.A.
- Neither L.A. proposal has enough league votes to make the move, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com writes. At least 24 of the league’s 32 teams must vote in favor of a franchise in order for the transaction to be authorized and things are very fractured at this time.
- Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune doesn’t believe that the Chargers will be willing to share a stadium with the Rams. If the Rams relocate to L.A., he believes that the most likely scenario will be Rams owner Stan Kroenke paying off the Chargers and Raiders as a consolation prize.