Chargers ask NFL to move to Los Angeles

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams each submitted applications to move to the Los Angeles area beginning with the 2016 season, the NFL announced Monday night.

Each team submitted the appropriate documentation in support of its application as required by the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations, according to the league.

The applications will be reviewed this week by league staff and three league committees that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday — the Los Angeles Opportunities, Stadium, and Finance committees.

The applications will be presented for consideration at the league meeting in Houston Jan. 12-13. The relocation of a franchise requires the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the NFL clubs, 24 of 32.

The Chargers and Raiders have proposed a joint stadium in Carson, while Rams owner Stan Kroenke is proposing a stadium for his team at the former Hollywood Park racetrack location in Inglewood.

“There is no certainty on anything,” Chargers Chairman of the Board Dean Spanos said in a three-minute, 44-second video posted on the team’s website.

“As I sit here, this is a very fluid situation. You read all this stuff in the paper and everybody is tallying votes, but nobody knows anything for sure.  But as we’ve said all along, whatever the decision of the owners is, we will abide by.”

According to Spanos, his fellow owners could approve either the Carson or Inglewood sites “and it could be that neither site is approved.”

At most, two teams will be allowed to move to Los Angeles and only one stadium be built.

Spanos called filing for relocation, “probably the single most difficult decision that I have ever made, and our family has ever made, in business.”

“It’s been 14 years that we’ve been working very hard to try and get something done here,” Spanos said, referring to efforts to build a new stadium to replace Qualcomm Stadium, the team’s home since 1967. “We’ve had nine different proposals that we’ve made, and all of them were basically rejected by the city.”

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the Chargers applying to move “isn’t a surprise, but it’s still disappointing for generations of San Diego Chargers fans.”

“Our city is the rightful home to the Bolts,” Faulconer said. “We believe the viable stadium plan we’ve presented to the NFL should be cause for keeping the Chargers in their hometown.

“San Diego developed a fair stadium proposal and a plan to hold a special election by the NFL’s deadline, but the Chargers’ owner walked away from the table. The more San Diego has done the less engaged the Chargers have become. San Diegans deserve better.”

Spanos said Kroenke’s proposal to build a stadium in Inglewood was “the catalyst” in the Chargers seeking to move.

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