Progress is being made in the proposed return of a National Football League franchise to Los Angeles. According to a report from the league’s official website, momentum is building for a return by the 2016 season.
As per NFL.com, a source is stating that there are “multiple options” available for the possibility of the return of the league to Los Angeles and they will be discussed at length by the owners by end of the upcoming NFL season. There are reportedly three NFL franchises interested in a possible transfer to Los Angeles: the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers. All three teams have been based in Los Angeles in the past.
The Raiders and Chargers have proposed sharing a stadium that would be built in the Los Angeles area.
The Rams, owned by billionaire Stan Kroenke, apparently have the advantage because of Kroenke's financial resources. He is chairman and owner of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, which also owns basketball's Denver Nuggets, hockey's Colorado Avalanche, soccer's Colorado Rapids and lacrosse's Colorado Mammoth. Kroenke is also a shareholder of English soccer club Arsenal.
NFL owners are expected to set a relocation window of Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 2016, to give the relocating team more time to move its franchise before the start of the 2016 season.
A separate report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk states that the Chargers-Raiders group has retained Carmen Policy, a former president of the San Francisco 49ers, as its point person in trying to convince the NFL to move the two franchises to a stadium to be built in Carson, California.