The NFL appears to be moving closer and closer to putting a franchise in the Los Angeles area. Three different teams have reported interest in moving to the second largest city in the U.S. — the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. The latter two are the most likely to relocate.
There are two separate plans to build NFL stadiums in the area, one in Carson and the other in Inglewood. Goodell called both plans “viable,” following up by saying both have a “great deal of potential to be successful.”
Goodell echoed that sentiment to the Associated Press on Friday.
“We had presentations earlier this week that are very exciting,” Goodell said. “Not just for a return but to continue being successful going forward.”
The last time an NFL franchise played in Los Angeles was in 1994. Following the conclusion of that season, the Rams and Raiders relocated to new markets. Interestingly enough, those two teams are once again linked to L.A.
The deadline to apply for a move is January. Owners must approve a move to Los Angeles, which could happen as early as next March’s NFL Annual Meeting.
While nothing is official yet, it appears an NFL franchise is heading to Los Angeles sooner rather than later.