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Old 01-13-2016, 09:36 AM   #1
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The Los Angeles Rams are back.

NFL owners in Houston voted 30-2 to ratify the Rams' relocation application for an immediate move to L.A., where the team will eventually begin play at owner Stan Kroenke's proposed stadium site in Inglewood in 2019. It's a seismic decision that returns the highest level of professional football to the country's second-largest media market after a 21-year absence.

The Rams could be joined by the Chargers, who have a one-year option to decide if they want to relocate and join the Rams in Inglewood. Per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Chargers will have up until the conclusion of owners meetings (March 20-23) to decide if they're playing in L.A. or San Diego in 2016. The window creates the possibility -- however slight -- that the Chargers could remain in San Diego. The city is hosting a June vote for $350 million in public funding toward a new facility to replace Qualcomm Stadium. It is possible that the Chargers put off a final decision until that vote takes place.

Good for LA. Although, in reality, I don't think anyone in LA cares about football. Good for business, our business. If they ever become popular, LA will be a killer market, although generally the west coast sucks in regards to sports apparel purchases.

But, I am more sad for the people of St. Louis. The owner never had intentions of keeping the team there, and with the riots not that long ago, their economy collapsing, and now the NFL team moving, it must be tough. When it rains it pours, I guess.
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Old 01-13-2016, 09:37 AM   #2
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The mayor is none too pleased:

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"The NFL ignored the facts, the loyalty of St. Louis fans, who supported the team through far more downs than ups, and the NFL ignored a strong market and viable plan for a new stadium," Slay said. "I am proud of our effort and what St. Louis was able to accomplish in an extraordinarily short period of time. I thank everyone who worked so diligently on this project, especially the Governor's Task Force."

Slay added, "St. Louis is (sic) great place to live and build a business -- with or without NFL football."

In the week prior to the owners meetings, Slay sent NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a letter claiming that the Rams had not engaged in consistent, good-faith negotiations to find a stadium resolution in recent years. He said he "cannot ever remember meeting Stan Kroenke."
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Old 01-13-2016, 09:48 AM   #3
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When they say Chargers could join, do they mean a Lakers/Clippers situation, or merge the 2 teams?
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Old 01-13-2016, 09:52 AM   #4
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When they say Chargers could join, do they mean a Lakers/Clippers situation, or merge the 2 teams?

Share the stadium.

Think the Chargers have low-key declined already.
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Old 01-13-2016, 09:53 AM   #5
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begin play at owner Stan Kroenke's proposed stadium site in Inglewood in 2019

Could you not find a nicer neighborhood?

But I guess if you're moving from St. Louis, and Oakland already has a team, then what's it matter?
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:07 AM   #6
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It absolutely sucks to lose a major league team and it's never a positive for the losing city no matter how they spin it. I watched the Hornets move to New Orleans and spent 2 sad years in Charlotte with no NBA team. Better to have a team that perennially sucks than to have no team at all.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:08 AM   #7
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Stan Kroenke was an absolutely terrible owner in St Louis. Never cared about the city or fans.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:20 AM   #8
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It absolutely sucks to lose a major league team and it's never a positive for the losing city no matter how they spin it. I watched the Hornets move to New Orleans and spent 2 sad years in Charlotte with no NBA team. Better to have a team that perennially sucks than to have no team at all.
Seattle is approaching a decade without an NBA team.
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Stan Kroenke was an absolutely terrible owner in St Louis. Never cared about the city or fans.


Yeah, George Shin turned into a total ass and shit on both Charlotte and New Orleans before the NBA finally bought the team and got a decent owner. As fans there's not much one can do about shitty ownership.
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Apparently this is a $20 billion dollar deal.
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LA needs football again. I'm happy. This definitely helps for recruiting free agents.

I was hoping the Raiders would go back to LA instead.
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It absolutely sucks to lose a major league team and it's never a positive for the losing city no matter how they spin it. I watched the Hornets move to New Orleans and spent 2 sad years in Charlotte with no NBA team. Better to have a team that perennially sucks than to have no team at all.


It certainly sucked when the Browns left..
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LA needs football again. I'm happy. This definitely helps for recruiting free agents.

I was hoping the Raiders would go back to LA instead.
Raiders to L.A still a possibility
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Old 01-13-2016, 11:59 AM   #14
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Good for LA. Although, in reality, I don't think anyone in LA cares about football. Good for business, our business. If they ever become popular, LA will be a killer market, although generally the west coast sucks in regards to sports apparel purchases.

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Los Angeles is a sports town, Sports economists say the L.A. market could produce $300 million in annual revenue for an NFL team. they've been supporting USC and UCLA football for decades. They freaking support the Kings before they even won anything, yes the team that plays hockey. And Dodgers have had one of the greatest attendance for at least 20 years. Also the Rams still have a huge fanbase, they still have one from 20 years ago.

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Old 01-13-2016, 12:51 PM   #15
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That's why the raiders did so well in LA
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