Rams, Chargers, Raiders filed applications for relocation

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raidersfiled applications for relocation to Los Angeles on Monday night.

As expected on the first day NFL rules would allow, the league confirmed that the paperwork was officially filed and received.

According to the NFL’s statement on the filings, each proposal contained the “appropriate documentation in support of its application, as required by the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations” and is intended to be effective for the 2016 NFL season.

The 20-year NFL drought in Los Angeles may soon be over.

On Monday, three teams from the NFL, the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams, all filed to relocate to the city for the 2016 season.

The NFL confirmed the petitions in a statement.

“The applications will be reviewed this week by league staff and three league committees that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday,” the league said.

It’s unclear how many of the three teams will get league approval. The move requires a 75% affirmative vote from NFL owners.

Last year, the Chargers and Raiders jointly proposed a $1.75 billion stadium in Carson.

The Rams, meanwhile, were first to offer to build a new stadium in the LA market, proposing a $1.86 billion facility in Inglewood.

The NFL has said it will only support one new stadium in Los Angeles that would be shared by two teams.

“The applications will be presented for consideration at next week’s league meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday,” the league said.

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer expressed his frustration on Twitter with the Chargers’ decision.

“The more San Diego has done the less engaged the Chargers have become,” he said. “This announcement isn’t a surprise but it’s still disappointing for generations of Chargers fans.”

The two approved NFL teams may temporarily play at the L.A. Coliseum, home of the USC Trojans, which is expected to undergo major renovations this spring.

Likewise, Oakland had not offered a viable stadium plan to keep the Raiders and has said it needs more time to develop one. The Raiders issued a brief statement Monday night:

“In accordance with the relocation policies, the Oakland Raiders submitted a relocation package to the NFL,” the statement said. “The matter is now in the hands of the NFL’s owners.”

Of the three cities, St. Louis was more advanced in terms of offering an actionable stadium plan to keep its NFL team, though it might not be good enough for Kroenke and the NFL. The task force that is pushing a new $1.1 billion stadium project in St. Louis released a statement.

“We’ve anticipated this filing from the Rams for more than a year,” the task force’s statement said. “It’s why we started working in November 2014 to produce a viable St. Louis stadium proposal for consideration by the Rams and the National Football League. That proposal was delivered last week to the NFL and team owners, and we feel extremely confident that it will be well-received as the league weighs its options in the weeks ahead.”

The Rams released only a brief statement on their website.

“The St. Louis Rams informed the National Football League today that the Rams propose to relocate to the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area,” the Rams’ statement said. “The relocation would be effective for the 2016 NFL League Year.”

Meanwhile in California, the Chargers and Raiders have forged an alliance to propose a $1.75 billion NFL stadium in Carson. The two teams currently play in the two oldest stadiums in the NFL and, after years without much progress toward new venues in their current markets, have set their sights on Carson.

San Diego and Oakland made submissions to the NFL before the Dec. 30 deadline, but neither plan is considered to be “actionable” by the NFL right now. San Diego’s plan calls for a public vote later this year, and Oakland only sent a letter saying the city is discussing options but had no formal proposal.

It is believed that the NFL’s six-member committee on Los Angeles Opportunities will make a formal recommendation to the rest of the ownership at or before the full meetings in Houston. The NFL requires 24 votes to approve a team’s relocation proposal.

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