St. Louis Rams

Rams file official paperwork for relocation to L.A.

The St. Louis Rams on Monday officially filed their paperwork with the NFL applying for relocation to Los Angeles, joining the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

The Rams released a fairly straightforward statement that said:

“The St. Louis Rams informed the National Football League today that the Rams propose to relocate to the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The relocation would be effective for the 2016 NFL League Year.”

Monday was the first day franchises could petition the league for a potential relocation. Rams owner Stan Kroenke has previously announced plans for a $1.86 billion stadium proposal for the Inglewood area of Los Angeles.

The Chargers and Raiders have their own $1.8 billion stadium project proposed for the Carson area near L.A.

The NFL released its own statement on the three teams filing for relocation:

“Three teams — the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and San Diego Chargers — each submitted applications to our office today to relocate their franchises to the Los Angeles area beginning with the 2016 season. Each team submitted the appropriate documentation in support of its application as required by the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations.

“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 next week’s league meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday. The relocation of a franchise requires the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the NFL clubs (24 of 32).”

Here is the Chargers’ statement:

“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.”

After the Rams released their relocation statement, the St. Louis NFL Stadium Task Force also weighed in with a statement:

“We’ve anticipated this filing from the Rams for more than a year. It’s why we started working in November 2014 to produce a viable St. Louis stadium proposal for consideration by the Rams and the National Football League. That proposal was delivered last week to the NFL and team owners, and we feel extremely confident that it will be well received as the league weighs its options in the weeks ahead.”

The Stadium Task Force is working on plans to build an NFL stadium in the north riverfront area of downtown St. Louis in hopes of keeping an NFL franchise in the city.

The next NFL owners meeting is set for next week in Houston, with the votes of 24 out of 32 owners required to make any franchise move a reality.

Norm Sanders: 618-239-2454, @NormSanders

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