NFL team owners met in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday to vote on potential Los Angeles relocation for anywhere from zero to three pro football franchises.
In a decision revealed late that afternoon, the St. Louis Rams will head to the LA-area to play in a new stadium to be built in Inglewood, California. The San Diego Chargers still have the option to move, while the Oakland Raiders have backed out, the NFL Network tweeted.
The Chargers have the first opportunity to join the Rams and are being allowed until through Jan 16, 2017, to decide, then the Raiders have preference, according to ESPN analyst Adam Scheftler.
The Rams, Chargers and Oakland Raiders had all been vying to relocate to the country’s second-largest media market in time for the 2016 season. Any plans needed affirmative votes from 24 team owners to go ahead with the move. The league has 32 teams, and requires a 75 percent approval for such a major market shift.
In the end, the Rams’ move was agreed to by a vote of just 30-2
The question remains when and if the Chargers will join the Rams in their new home. There is still a vote scheduled in San Diego in June for funding $350 million for a new stadium there.
Disney Boss Bob Iger got in bed with a plan that would bring the two preexisting California teams (Raiders and Chargers) to the Hollywood-area market. He is competing with Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who wants to take his team to Inglewood.
The NFL did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment.
The Raiders previously played in L.A. from 1982-1994, before moving back up to Northern California to return to Oakland, where the team was founded in 1960.
The Rams also played in the City of Angels from 1946-1979 at the Coliseum, before moving to Anaheim from 1980-1994, and then to St.Louis, Missouri.
Meanwhile, the Chargers were actually founded in Los Angeles in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League, but quickly headed south to San Diego the following year and have played there ever since.
The other hot-button NFL rights issue surrounds the future of the “Thursday Night Football” package.
CBS has shared the schedule with the NFL Network for the past two years, but those rights expired at the end of this current regular season. The package was up for grabs, and the league asked interested networks to present bids both for exclusivity, and for a shared option that would split the Thursday schedule up between a few channels.
The NFL Network needs to keep eight games to maintain its current carriage rates.
See the NFL Network’s coverage of the Rams’ move below.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 13, 2016
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