It’s official. After all the mumblings, and backroom meetings, the back and forth and the open statements, three NFL franchises have formally petitioned the league for permission to relocate to LA. With the regular season ended, all teams are now eligible to submit applications for relocation to the NFL, and that particular desk was barely open before the applications were dropped, in triplicate with full signatures into that particular in-tray. As previously discussed on this site, the Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams, and San Diego Chargers have been open about their desire to move to the City of Angels, and this move now makes it official. With the Raiders and Chargers discussing a shared stadium, and the Rams looking at going it alone, LA is certainly looking popular this season. On the first day they became able to do so, each team submitted their own case to the NFL to be able to relocate to LA. The requirement for approval of a move is that the NFL clubs vote on each submission, and that a team can only move if 24 of the 32 teams vote to support the move. If they get less than two thirds of the league behind them, they have to stay where they are. There are many things going for and against each move, but the time for conjecture is now past, as the fate of each team now lies in the hands of the governing body of the NFL. The votes will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday (12th – 13th Jan), and this action will be the final nail in the coffin on the matter. So the question now remains, who – if any – will the NFL back for a move to LA, and will their current cities take action to try and make them stay?