2016 becomes the target for an L.A. move
When the Chargers announced earlier this week that they won’t be moving out of San Diego in 2015, the message was clear: If the Chargers are willing to announce now that they won’t try to move to L.A. in 2015, no one will be moving to L.A. in 2015.
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Commissioner Roger Goodell made it known this week internally that no teams will be moving to Los Angeles in 2015. It remains possible, if not likely, that someone will move to L.A. in 2016.
Sure, someone can still apply for relocation in early 2015. But good luck getting 24 owners to approve the move.
The Chargers, as we’ve previously explained, are better positioned than the Rams and Raiders to satisfy the terms of the NFL’s relocation policy, since the Chargers have been trying for 14 years to get a new stadium in San Diego. The extra year also potentially helps the Rams and Raiders build a stronger case that they’ve tried diligently to resolve a bad stadium situation in their current location before trying to move to a new city.
It’s believed that up to two teams eventually will move to Los Angeles.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the powers-that-be in San Diego, Oakland, and/or St. Louis take full advantage of what could be their last opportunity to find a solution more viable than hoping that their team becomes the odd man out in a game of L.A. musical chairs.