The Rams, Chargers, and Raiders All File for Relocation to Los Angeles

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In the not-so-surprising news department, the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Oakland Raiders have all filed for relocation to Los Angeles.

The Rams released a brief statement about their potential move on Monday:

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

The Rams were previously located in southern California and were called the Los Angeles Rams from 1946 to 1994 until they moved to St. Louis in 1995.

The Chargers released a longer statement expressing their dismay with political leadership in San Diego:

“Today the San Diego Chargers submitted to the National Football League the team’s application to relocate to Los Angeles.

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.

What happens next is in the hands of the NFL’s owners, who will meet in Houston on January 12-13. The Chargers have pledged from the outset to respect whatever decision the League ownership makes.”

Last, but most certainly not least, the Raiders released a brief statement of their own:

“In accordance with the relocation policies, the Oakland Raiders submitted a relocation package to the NFL. The matter is now in the hands of the NFL’s owners. An owners’ meeting is scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas on January 12 and 13, 2016.”

The strangest thing was the Rams used a newspaper emoji to share the news on Twitter. There’s a time and a place to use emoji, but it’s not when delivering bad news. The Rams need to learn emoji etiquette, if such a thing exists.

The team that relocates will be decided at the next owner’s meeting in Houston in mid-January. It is possible two teams could occupy the nation’s second-largest city as soon as next season.

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