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Rams most likely to go to L.A.

DAMN! I was out of town last week, so I missed this story. Here is what I have heard will be happening just after the Super Bowl this year. 1) The Rams will announce they are leaving St Louis for LA. This is pretty much a forgone conclusion in the St Louis area. Stan Kroenke (Rams owner) has purchased 60 acres in Inglewood between the now-closed Hollywood Park racetrack and the Forum. He is apparently more than willing to build his own stadium, but he doesn't want to share it with another team. How the NFL would deal with that is unclear. 2) The Raiders have put the city of Oakland on notice. Mark Davis wants to see plans for a new stadium in Oakland, or the Raiders are leaving. Not for LA, but for San Antonio. The Alamodome is available, it's already a much better stadium than the Oakland Coliseum ever was, and San Antonio has apparently already committed to building a new stadium should the Raiders move there. Which leaves--3) The San Diego Chargers, and the sound of crickets. They don't know what to do. They have said they will try to block any team from moving to "their territory" (LA), but the NFL will probably tell them too bad--it's good for the league to have a team there. Since Kroenke doesn't want to share his stadium, any other team moving there would have to have another stadium built for them, unless the NFL can convince him it would be better for the league if he did, and the NFL, money talks. In the meantime, the Chargers have backed themselves into a corner by waiting until 2016 to put whatever stadium proposal they have on the ballot, and without any new stadium planned for them in the LA area, the Chargers are stuck. Of course, the NFL is so hot to put a team in London--the London Chargers maybe?
— October 30, 2014 9:08 a.m.

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