The NFL has approved the relocation of the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles on Tuesday, approving move by a 30-2 vote by the league's owners. The team will move into a stadium in Inglewood, a stadium which is not expected to be completed until 2018. The team will play at the Los Angeles Coliseum until the new stadium is approved.
The league has also given the San Diego Chargers the ability to move to Los Angeles if they can work out a deal with the Rams to co-use the Inglewood stadium. The Chargers have one year to either work-out the parameters of a new stadium in San Diego, or to move to Inglewood. If they choose to not move, the Oakland Raiders would then be given the option to move to Los Angeles.
The Raiders and Chargers had put forward a co-stadium plan in Carson, but the plan did not find much support among the owners. The Raiders actually dropped their request to relocate late in the voting process, once they realized there was not any support for their plan.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told the media on Tuesday that the league will give $100 million to either the Raiders or the Chargers to assist with a new stadium, if they are able to remain in their current cities.
If the Chargers choose to relocate this year, something that still could potentially happen, the Dolphins would have games scheduled against both Los Angeles teams in LA. Miami will play the Rams this year as part of the team's NFC West scheduling, and will face the Chargers as the team from the AFC West that finished in the same position within their division as the Dolphins did in the AFC East.
The Los Angeles Coliseum has reportedly agreed to host two NFL teams until the Inglewood Stadium is complete, giving the Chargers a viable option to move if they work out the permanent deal with the Rams on the new stadium's use.
Los Angeles has been without an NFL team since the end of the 1994 season, when the Rams left for St. Louis and the Raiders moved back to Oakland. The league nearly placed an expansion franchise in the city in 1999, but ownership and a stadium deal could not be finalized, and Houston was awarded the team.