The NFL has announced that the San Diego Chargers, the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders have officially submitted their applications to relocate to L.A on the first day they were eligible to do so.
The fate of the three teams and their fans now lies with the NFL owners. The 17 members of the NFL’s finance, stadium, and Los Angeles committees will hear the teams’ relocation projects on Wednesday and Thursday in New York. The rest of the owners will then take up the relocation issue at the January 12-13 owners meeting in Houston. Los Angeles could potentially have an NFL team (or two) by the middle of next week.
“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 league’s statement reads. “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.”
The San Diego Chargers were the first to reveal their intentions and even had owner Dean Spanos appear in a video on the team’s website to explain the decision for filing. The Rams and Raiders followed suit.
The NFL requires 24 votes to approve a team’s relocation proposal.