St. Louis Rams approved to move to Los Angeles

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 21:51:26-05

The St. Louis Rams will be relocating to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, with the San Diego Chargers having the option to join them in a shared stadium in Inglewood.

The Raiders, who will remain in Oakland, would only end up in Los Angeles if the Chargers decide not to join the Rams.


The vote went through Tuesday night at the NFL owners meetings, with 30 of the league's 32 owners approving a joint venture between the Rams and Chargers. Any team relocation requires approval from 24 team owners. 

A Rams-only proposal and a Chargers-Raiders partnership were both put forth initially; Rams owner Stan Kroenke wanted the Rams in Inglewood, while the Chargers and Raiders were looking to relocate to Carson. 

In an official statement on the compromise, Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said that the team has "been approved to relocate to Los Angeles, at the Inglewood location, at any time the next year."

Spanos also said that he will be working over the next several weeks to decide what is best for the team going forward. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told reporters that the agreement allows San Diego an opportunity to keep the Chargers.

All three teams spent time in Los Angeles, with the Rams and Raiders both leaving after the 1994 season. The Chargers spent their first season in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego in 1961.