After years of rumors and deliberation, the St. Louis Rams are officially the Los Angeles Rams after a proposal to move the team received overwhelming support among NFL owners. The Rams will begin playing their home games at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2016, with plans to enter into a brand-new stadium starting in 2019.
Humbly, eternally gratefully: Thank you St. Louis. I'm sorry we fell short the past 8 years. You treated me like family anyways. I love yall
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) January 13, 2016
Welcome Home! #LARams2016
— Eric Dickerson (@EricDickerson) January 13, 2016
The Rams’ move is the only plot-line that is officially wrapped up after the evening’s meeting: the permanent location of both the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders remains up in the air.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos must now decide whether he will keep the team in San Diego, or if he will move the team to Los Angeles, temporarily sharing the Coliseum with the Rams. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport shared an official statement from Spanos regarding the fork in the road that he must now take:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2016
The situation for the Raiders is even less certain. While it appears that the team will remain in Oakland in 2016, there are also potential scenarios where the team will move to Los Angeles. Statements from Raiders owner Mark Davis illustrate the lack of finality for the team:
Mark Davis where he'll be in 2016 "I don't know where we'll be. My lease at the Coliseum is expired… America, the world, is possibility."
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 13, 2016