It’s been about 20 years since Los Angeles has had a football team and now the return of an NFL team is closer than ever.
The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders are all on year-to-year leases with their current stadiums, in which all three teams are possible candidates to relocate to the City of Angels.
Last December NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league would not be accepting relocation applications for the 2015 season.
Has that changed?
On Jan. 5 news broke just before 1 a.m. PST that Rams owner Stan Kroenke had plans to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood, Calif., which was the first time Kroenke gave a hint of his intentions with the Rams. The proposed 80,000-seat NFL stadium would be able to house two teams and would also be a 6,000-seat performance venue.
Later that week the task force, assigned by St. Louis Governor Jay Nixon, presented a proposed stadium right along the Mississippi River in St. Louis, a project that would cost up to $985 million, with half the money coming from public funds.
The proposed Inglewood stadium was able to gather over 20,000 signatures supporting zoning changes for the plan, which could put the proposed stadium on the ballot this summer.
But will it need to go on the ballot?
Last Sunday the Los Angeles Times reported that the Inglewood City Council could bypass the election and adopt the measure itself due to the amount of signatures that were gathered. The stadium could break ground a lot sooner than expected if this falls in favor of the Inglewood City Council.
Feb. 15 is the relocation application deadline and the NFL announced this week that it has created a committee for the possibility of a team relocation to L.A.
Is it a coincidence that the NFL created a committee right before the relocation deadline even after Goodell announced that the league would not be taking applications?
Kroenke may have swayed the mind of the league with his plan, in which it has been reported that league has given the plan “quite the applause.”
As for the stadium plan in St. Louis? It has also gained some steam over the past week, but is St. Louis too late to the party? After all, Kroenke has yet to agree to pay for one-fourth of the total project that the task force is asking him for.