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BREAKING: The Rams to become new Los Angeles franchise

The St. Louis Rams are coming home.The NFL owners agreed by a vote of 30-2 to see the Rams relocate to Los Angeles to play at the new In


The St. Louis Rams are coming home. The NFL owners agreed by a vote of 30-2 to see the Rams relocate to Los Angeles to play at the new Inglewood venue from 2019. The agreement will also see the San Diego Chargers get first refusal of joining the Rams in St. Louis from 2017, having a one-year window to opt in. The Oakland Raiders will get the option after if the Chargers decline. The vote concluded protracted negotiations and debate that circled the NFL for years about a team moving back to Los Angeles. The Rams last played in L.A 21 years ago, while the Raiders left L.A without a team when they relocated back to Oakland in 1995. Another proposal was for the Chargers and Raiders to move to Carson. That was recommended by the LA committee, but was rejected by the owners after much deliberation. The Raiders then withdrew this plan upon the decision that the owners were going to back the Inglewood project. The outcome sees the Rams play in the L.A Coliseum, where USC also plays, until the Inglewood venue is completed. The Chargers will also play at the Coliseum should they accept the option in 2017, with 2019 being the likely completion date of the venue. It also opens a window for the Chargers to stay in San Diego, providing San Diego can draw-up a viable plan that satisfies a franchise that has been in dire need of a new stadium for a while. Meanwhile, the Raiders will be allocated money as compensation towards building a new stadium in Oakland, should they choose to remain there. Stay tuned to RealSport for further analysis of this move and what it means for the NFL as more information becomes available.

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BREAKING: The Rams to become new Los Angeles franchise

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