Three NFL teams — the San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, and Oakland Raiders — have applied to move to Los Angeles on Monday, the soonest date that teams were able to file for a move. The Chargers and Rams have tweeted about filing the paperwork, and a statement from the NFL confirms that the Raiders have done the same:
NFL confirms the Raiders, Rams, and Chargers have filed applications to relocate their franchises to Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/mU3XygbvsJ
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 5, 2016
Ironically enough, all three of these teams have played in L.A. at one point or another in their franchise’s history. Under the direction of outspoken owner Al Davis, the Raiders moved from Oakland to Los Angeles for the 1982 season, which they followed up with a Super Bowl victory in the 1983 season. The Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995, and have somehow only managed three winning seasons since then, with the successful seasons coming from 2000-2002.
The Rams moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland before the 1946 (!) season, staying in Los Angeles until they moved to St. Louis at the same time the Raiders moved to Oakland, 1995.
The Chargers, meanwhile, spent just their inaugural season in L.A., 1960, as members of the AFL, before moving to Los Angeles the next year.