The decision on which team, or possibly teams, will relocate to Los Angeles for the 2016 NFL season could now be delayed until March of next year after the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities held a meeting at their New York office earlier this week, initial hopes had been that a decision would be made in January 2016.
There are three teams that are looking to make the move to LA, the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.
The most recent idea of moving to Los Angeles is a possible groundshare between the Raiders and Chargers, who would both move to LA to give the city two teams, and plan to have a joint stadium built in Carson with the help of Disney CEO Robert Iger to oversee the building process.
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As well as this proposal, Stan Kroenke, owner of the St. Louis Rams, has already put forward his plans to build a new home for the Rams in Inglewood.
Despite the owners of these franchises pushing the idea of a relocation to LA for their teams, the fans are not happy with the current proposals. City officials from Oakland, San Diego and St. Louis have also made their thoughts and feelings heard when they each had an opportunity to speak to the league, Los Angeles stadium and finance committees who will have some say in the decision-making process.
All three parties spoke with passion and conviction on why they believe their cities should keep the franchises they currently have. Unfortunately for the Oakland and San Diego representatives, Robert Iger joining the joint-bid shows just how attractive a return to Los Angeles is. He is expected to serve under a five-year contract overseeing the building of a stadium at the 168-acre site.
Possibly, the most important part of this revelation is the position teams and fans will now be in following the decision process being pushed back. Usually, NFL teams ask fans to renew their season tickets for the following year before the current season ends, but with fans unhappy about a potential move anyway and not knowing where their team will be playing, all three franchises will struggle to sell their usual number season tickets.
The NFL needs to make the right decision as quickly as possible so that the die-hard fans of all three franchises are not made to suffer because of their team owners greed.
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