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Three NFL teams file petitions to relocate to the city of Los Angeles

January 5, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Three NFL teams file petitions to relocate to the city of Los Angeles

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After a 21 year absence from the NFL, three teams have entered the race to return to Los Angles. On Monday, the NFL confirmed that the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and St. Louis Rams all filed for relocation to Los Angeles, which is the second largest U.S. for the 2016 season.

The Chargers have petitioned a plan to partner with their AFC West rival Raiders on a stadium-sharing deal in Carson.

Since 2008, the Chargers have had the right to relocate after efforts to build a new stadium to replace the aging Qualcomm Stadium failed.

However, the team recently stepped up efforts to secure a deal after Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Rams announced his intentions to build a stadium in Inglewood, California.

The applications will be reviewed by NFL league staff and three committees of owners, who will be meeting on Wednesday or Thursday in New York.

The approval of the applications will then be voted on at the owners meetings in Houston next week. A team will need the backing of 24 teams to win support for a move to L.A.

Los Angeles has not seen an NFL team since the Raiders, and the Rams left after the 1994 season.

Since 2000, the Chargers and the city of San Diego have been negotiating a stadium deal since 2000, just three years after the completion of the expansion of Qualcomm Stadium for the Chargers and to host Super Bowls.

However, stadium negotiations turned negative early this year, when the attorney for Dean Spanos, Mark Fabiani, blasted the proposals put forth by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer to keep the team.

Spanos posted a video on the Chargers official website, where he blamed “the inability of the city at the political level to get any public funding or vote to help subsidize a stadium.”

In Mid-June, the Chargers organization stopped negotiating with the city and county officials.

In the three meetings between the Chargers and town officials, the team focused on what it called a flawed environmental impact report for a new stadium.

The Chargers did not negotiate finances, but it has said in the past that it expects a public contribution of at least 60 percent.

Under the city and county’s proposal, taxpayer funding would be capped at 32 percent, with the team being responsible for overruns.

The Chargers claimed that 25 percent of their fan base comes from north San Diego County, although they’ve declined to offer proof.

Oakland has expressed interest in building a new stadium for the Raiders at the Coliseum site but has not provided a funding plan as of yet.

The Rams currently have a year-to-year lease with the Edward Jones Dome.

Stan Kroenke has ignored efforts by a St. Louis task force that is proposing a $1.1 billion stadium along the Mississippi River, not far from the Rams’ current stadium built in 1995.

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