Student Advisory Board Member
As of last week, it is now official that the St. Louis Rams will be returning to Los Angeles, after twenty-one years of calling St. Louis home. This is due to the fact that all 32 NFL team owners voted and an overwhelming majority of them supported the Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke moving to a racetrack in Inglewood, California. It was 1995 when the Rams were last in Los Angeles, so they are returning to a very eager fan base that has been longing for their return.
In regards to the San Diego Chargers or the Oakland Raiders moving along with the Rams, that is yet to be determined. So far, owners are discussing the matter at hand. For both the Chargers and Raiders, it seems that it could be likely that they also move, but neither of their owners have made a decision yet. Both of these teams were also in LA at one point, so I’m sure they long to be able to return.
In the Raider’s case, they still are currently in debt from building the current stadium in which they reside, so they would have to pay off the remaining debt, along with paying for the switch itself which is millions of dollars. Right now, all 32 team owners have agreed upon a relocation agreement for the Chargers and Raiders. This means that if they remain in their current cities, they will receive a $100 million payout if they build new stadiums in their current cities. They have one year to show that their building plans are in the works.
Either way it is certain that the Rams will be in LA next season, which is really exciting for the NFL community as a whole. Especially for a city like LA, it will be a promising turnout for the fans and players. Unfortunately for St. Louis, the NFL will be leaving the city for the second time. First, it was the St. Louis Cardinals. They moved to Arizona in the late 1980s. And now the Rams return to LA for a second time. It is said that they will be temporarily put into a stadium, until they build one of their own which is expected to be finished in 2019.
For the Rams, they were also in Cleveland, OH at one point, before they went to LA for the first time. From there, they moved to St. Louis, and now, its back to LA for the Rams for the 2016-2017 season. Fun fact, while this team resided in each of these locations, they brought home championships. Maybe with a new home this team will turn around and once again become a championship team. With key players like wide receiver Wes Welker and linebacker James Laurinaitis currently on their roster, plus from whatever they acquire during the free agency period and the NFL draft, this team has just as good a chance as any other to bring a championship to LA.