The Rams are headed to Inglewood. That was the overwhelming favorable vote made by the NFL’s owners on Tuesday. The vote was 30-2, with only of 24 of the league’s 32 owners needed.
The San Diego Chargers may join the Rams, and have until Jan. 16, 2017 to agree to lease terms with the Rams. If a deal can’t be worked out, the Raiders can then try to work out an agreement.
The other proposal that was under consideration was a Chargers-Raiders partnership in Carson, California. However, there were reports earlier today from Houston that the six-owner relocation committee made a recommendation that the Carson project be considered with the Rams and possibly the Chargers as a co-tenant.
Not sure how or why those recommendations would have been suggested when Rams owner Stan Kroenke had already purchased land for his Inglewood site.
Since February of 2013, the day a favorable ruling was handed down to the Rams in an arbitration hearing over how much money would be needed to refurbish the Edward Jones Dome, I had expressed with near certainty that was the beginning of the end of the St. Louis Rams.
The sports commission in St. Louis wasn’t going to cough off over $700 million needed to spruce up the dome and later a half-cocked stadium plan from Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz from Governor Jay Nixon’s stadium task force never gained much traction and never had the support of the NFL.
According to Yahoo Sports, Kroenke is the second richest owner in the NFL. There was no way, his 31 counterparts were going to deny him an opportunity to improve his business and improve the NFL’s bottom line by getting a team back in the 2nd biggest market in the country.
Kroenke had proposed to build a $1.86 billion stadium in Inglewood. Earlier Tuesday, a Rams-only proposal was denied by the owners, which led to the joint venture of the Rams and Chargers.
Here’s a video from August, discussing the Rams stadium situation