Has Los Angeles finally scored a chance for its own NFL team? Two decades after the Rams left Los Angeles, the billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, Stan Kroenke, is building an NFL stadium in Inglewood, a city in Los Angeles County, according to the LA Times.
Despite being the second largest city in the United States, Los Angeles has not had a NFL football team since the Rams left for St. Louis after playing in LA from 1946 to 1994. Several football teams have used Los Angeles as leverage to gain improved stadium deals in their home cities. But Kroenke's plan for the LA stadium on the 60-acre site he purchased last year may be the first time a team owner has made moves to actually commit to a move.
The Inglewood stadium proposal places pressure on St. Louis to improve its proposal for a stadium upgrade or risk the Rams terminating their 30-year lease 10 years early. St. Louis officials are expected to present a new stadium offer by the end of January.
The NFL will not accept requests for team relocations for the 2015 season, according to Commissioner Roger Goodell. Therefore, the earliest a football team is able to move to a new venue would be 2016.