The National Football League's St. Louis Rams are moving to Los Angeles next season, and the San Diego Chargers may join them. Most observers expect those franchises to benefit financially from relocation, but some other, surprising pro sports teams could get a boost as well.
NFL team owners on Tuesday night approved the Rams' proposal for a roughly $1.8 billion stadium and commercial facility in Inglewood, California. The Chargers, who previously worked with the Oakland Raiders on a separate venue plan, will have a year to decide whether to move along with the Rams.
The NFL — the most lucrative U.S. pro sports league — draws more interest than other sports in most cities. If and when the Rams and Chargers leave, other pro teams in St. Louis and San Diego stand to draw some of the cash they leave behind, said John Vrooman, a Vanderbilt University sports economist.