NFL will Return to Los Angeles in 2016
So many people have been trying hard to bring back National Football League to this second largest market of United States, from corporate titans to billionaire developers and from 4 Los Angeles mayors to the Hollywood giant brokers but all failed however, the trek has handed on this Tuesday. 30-2 was the voting from NFL owner to move St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles for 2016 season and give an option to San Diego Chargers for one year to join the Rams in Inglewood where the Rams will be looking to set their sights on the Hollywood Park racetrack which will be the biggest stadium in size for the league. The place has glass-roof and is low-slung while the opening is planned for 2019 with a price that could exceed $3 billion. The commissioner of NFL, Roger Goodell mentioned that the Rams will be returning to their former home and he indicated about the variations in renovation to Inglewood stadium as well. He said that not only NFL complexes and stadiums will change but the sports complexes around the world will change.
With this voting in favor of moving the St. Louis Rams to LA will open the gates for San Diego Chargers along with Oakland Raiders to use Inglewood stadium with the Rams. NFL will provide both Raiders and Chargers with $100 million each for putting towards the new stadiums if they stay in their current markets and no public money will be used to serve the purpose. By 15th January 2016, if Chargers do not make a decision to move to Inglewood then Raiders will be given the option to join Rams and in accordance to Stan Kroenke who is the owner of St. Louis Rams called the decision by NFL commissioner is bittersweet. He added that Los Angeles is not and easy place to build stadiums however, it was done and it was possible due to so many good people helping the cause. The Hall of Fame running back for Rams in Anaheim was overjoyed and said that he does not have the words to describe his feeling and he will only believe it when it will happen.
The new Los Angeles Rams is the name of the team that has been already displayed on the NFL website and during the press conference of Goodell both Dean Spanos and Mark Davis, owners of Chargers and Raiders respectively, joined Goodell. They all were looking tired and subdued after the meeting that lasted for 11 hours. Mark Davis mentioned that this is not a good situation for Raiders but he is happy for Stan Kroenke and they will do a lot of hard work in finding new home and eventually everything will turn out to be good while on the other Dean Spanos was also reluctant returning to the Los Angeles permanently. He mentioned that he is not sure what is needed to be done right now but he will look into all available options and then make any decision and both of them left the room before the conference reached to an end.
The Committee of 6 NFL owners developed for the opportunities for Los Angles went for the Carson site which was also supported both Raiders and Chargers but other owners were not swayed by this. The certain solution was acknowledged by all the owners when they were presented with the option of Rams and a team to be decided at Inglewood. In first voting this option received 20 votes, just 4 less to pass and then 21 again in the second voting. This made the result unavoidable for the owners and persuaded Goodell to negotiate and exit and pull Spanos and Davis aside and before the final vote the options for Spanos were dwindling as Davis decided to stay in Oakland for the time being and in the end the whole scenario of the race between to projects slipped away. Jerry Jones, the owner of Dallas Cowboys mentioned that they have made a good decision as its so natural to have LA Rams back in LA. The constructors of Inglewood stadium are looking to transform this 298 acre stadium into multi-billion dollar entertainment, housing and retail complex including a stadium and a crown jewel venue for performing arts.