On Tuesday, January 12th the NFL owners voted to bring an NFL team back to the Los Angeles market. The final vote was 30-2 with Jerry Jones among those voting in favor of the league’s relocation to LA for the first time since 1994. The Rams are moving from St Louis to Inglewood, California, and the Chargers may be co-tenants at a new stadium.
Here are 5 things you need to know about the move and how it affects the Cowboys.
#1 Three teams wanted very badly to move into the Los Angeles market, but the Rams won the owners’ vote and will begin play at a new $2.6 billion stadium complex in Inglewood in 2019. Inglewood is a Los Angeles suburb, adjacent to LAX Airport. The stadium will seat 70,240 with standing room areas that could increase capacity to over 100,000 for large events. The stadium is part of a larger mixed-use development to be built next to the Forum, on the site of the old Hollywood Park horseracing track.
#2 Rams owner Stan Kroenke is a real estate magnate who bought up the land the previous years and had already made substantial investments in the prospective development. The development includes space for NFL Network studios, a theatre, and office space for NFL.com and NFL digital media. By the way, before moving to St Louis in 1995, the Rams played in Los Angeles from 1946-1994.
#3 Because the new stadium won’t be ready until 2019 at the earliest, Rams games will likely be played at the venerable L.A. Coliseum, home to college football’s USC Trojans and the former home of the Raiders.
As for the Raiders, they are the losers in this 3-team race to L.A. For now, they’re staying put in Oakland at a stadium that is the dregs of the NFL. Their stadium is an armpit, but the NFL owners have pledged to help the Raiders with the stadium situation. The Raiders has already left Oakland for Los Angeles earlier in their history. The Raiders played in Los Angeles for 13 seasons from 1982-1994 before returning to Oakland. The Raiders had partnered with the Chargers to build a new stadium in Carson, California (also a suburb of Los Angeles, just a few miles from Inglewood) so that both teams could share the L.A. market. But that bid fell short in favor of the Rams’ site in Inglewood. NFL owners are giving Raiders owner Mark Davis $100 million as a consolation so that he can use the money to help finance a new stadium for the Raiders in the Bay Area.
#4 The Chargers, who have one of the oldest (and worst) stadiums in the NFL, have the option to join the Rams as co-tenants in the L.A. market. The option is good until 2017. Team owner Dean Spanos and Chargers officials have tried for years to get a new stadium in the San Diego market, but to no avail.
#5 How does NFL relocation to L.A. affect the Cowboys? Not a lot, except that Jerry Jones and all NFL owners will make a lot more money. Not just because the NFL is returning to the second largest market in the country (meaning more money from national sponsors), but also with relocation fees. Reports were that any team that moved to L.A. would have to play the league a relocation fee of up to $550 million. Jerry has been championing a return to LA for 20 years, so he finally got his wish. He was one of the 30 votes to approve relocation, and he was the first person to publicly talk about the idea of the Chargers being co-tenants with the Rams. Also, having a team in Los Angeles, Jerry says, does not affect the Cowboys ability to continue to hold training camp in Oxnard, California which is located on the fringes of the LA market.