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Report: Rams & Raiders Leading Race To Los Angeles

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Rams and Raiders have devoted “considerable time, energy and resources” towards eventually relocating to Los Angeles, but NFL intervention and the league’s overriding control of the process has set them back.

According to La Canfora, the NFL has made it “explicitly clear” to the Rams and Raiders that no one will be allowed to relocate to L.A. unless they have stadium, property and development deals approved by the league.

However, sources have told La Canfora that “there are live discussions involving two clubs potentially relocating there.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased a parcel of land close to the Hollywood Park race track. La Canfora mentions that this is viewed as a “team-controlled site” could end up becoming a “league site” if the Rams were to allow a second tenant from the origin of the project.

As for the Chargers, they too remain an option to relocate to L.A., but are not as far along in the process as the other two teams.

The NFL could still decide to oversee the entire process of building a stadium in Los Angeles on their own. AEG reportedly made significant alterations to their economic arrangements, but it would take even more concessions from them in order for the league to pursue this avenue.

La Canfora writes that “if not in 2015, by 2016 two teams playing there is very viable.”

 

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