As Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt suggested, the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have submitted applications for relocation to Los Angeles. Monday was the first day the organizations were eligible to petition the league, as required by NFL policy.
All three teams released statements:
“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 Chargers laid out their reasons why they wanted to move.
“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.”
“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.”
That is exactly what will happen now. The applications will be reviewed this week by league staff and three league committees that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday. Next week, the applications will be presented at the league’s meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday. At that time a vote will take place. Relocation of a franchise requires the vote of three-quarters of the NFL clubs (24 of 32).”