(FootballStL) – The Rams formally announced Monday they have filed a relocation application with the NFL, seeking permission to move Los Angeles.
The team released the following statement:
"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."
The action by the club was not surprising. Although the Rams have said very little about their intentions until Monday, actions by Rams owner Stan Kroenke have made clear he wants to move the team to the country's second largest market.
One year ago, Kroenke announced his plan to build a football stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood. One month later, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders formally announced they were teaming up on a stadium in nearby Carson, California. The Chargers and Raiders also applied Monday to move to LA.
NFL owners are set to meet January 12 and 13 in Houston to officially decide which team or teams will receive permission to move to Los Angeles. 24 of the 32 NFL owners must approve such a move.
The St. Louis Stadium Task Force later released the following 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."
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