CHICAGO (KPLR) – In rare break from the start of the NFL’s training camps, owners have gathered in Chicago to discuss one topic, who will relocate to Los Angles. For over a year now a battle has been raging behind closed doors in the halls of government in three NFL cities: St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland.
All three teams: The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Oakland Raiders want to move to Los Angles. Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased the site of a former horse racing track to construct a multi-purpose stadium in Inglewood, California. While the Chargers and Raiders both proposed a joint venture in Carson, California. Both cities are in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
The prize all three teams are vying for is the second largest TV market in the U.S., along with the potential billions in revenue from the market. Los Angeles has not had an NFL team since 1995 when the Raiders and Rams left the city of angles.
All 32 team owners are in Chicago at a hotel near O’Hare Airport to potentially decide the fate of who will be allowed to move to LA. On Monday the NFL’s Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities heard the city of San Diego’s pitch to keep the Chargers in their city.
Kroenke is said to have met with the relocation committee, presenting his $1.8 billion stadium plan in Inglewood.
Now it’s a waiting game to see who will be a winner or a loser.