After suggestions presented by the San Diego Chargers to improve the aged Qualcomm stadium in San Diego were not approved, the team applied to move to Los Angeles. Football is a sport and can be viewed as a business resulting in the team looking for more lucrative opportunities. Therefore moving to a different city that will provide them with a new stadium,would be a good option and a profitable change.
However, the move will not be so easy. There are two other teams, the Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams, who would also like to make a transfer to the same stadium.
These three teams are not new in relocating to another city. The Chargers started out in LA as the Los Angeles Chargers in 1959 for one season. They moved to San Diego in 1961 where they reside today. For the Chargers, the need for a new stadium has dragged on since 2000 under team owner Alex Spanos. The Raiders had originally started in Oakland in 1960 and then decided to move to LA in 1982, however they eventually moved back to their home city in 1994. The Rams originated in Cleveland, Ohio in 1936 then moved to LA in 1946 and decided to take their team to St. Louis where they have been playing since 1995.
The process of relocating to another city will be discussed at a meeting held in New York by the NFL commission. In this meeting, they will be reviewing applications submitted by each team. Then, another meeting will be held in Houston in which the team owners will decide whether or not any of the teams will be allowed to move to LA. In order for a team to be considered for the move, they will need to acquire 24 of 32 votes from the team owners.
There are currently two proposals submitted by the teams to build new stadiums in LA. One would be in Inglewood, California which would be owned and developed by the Rams owner, Stan Kroenke. The other would be in Carson, which would be shared by the Chargers and Raiders.
There is a chance the Chargers will play in San Diego another year, but until the owners decide, it is unknown how much longer they will be in San Diego. This past Monday, January 4, 2016, the Chargers gave a press release saying:
“We have tried for more than 14 years, through nine separate proposals and seven different mayors, to create a world-class stadium experience for fans in San Diego. Despite these efforts, there is still no certain, actionable solution to the stadium problem. We are sad to have reached this point.”