The Black Hole won’t be empty, at least not yet.
Per multiple reports, the Raiders have withdrawn their application to move to Los Angeles. The move undoubtedly means that the Raiders have chosen to let the Rams and Chargers partner up in L.A.
While the Chargers entered the day adamantly opposed to sharing a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood, it now appears that the proposal pushed by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will come to fruition, with the Chargers opting to get to Inglewood over staying in San Diego for at least another year.
Look for the owners, who are gathered in Houston, to finalize tonight a vote that would pave the way for the return of the Rams and Chargers to L.A., and the creation of simultaneous vacancies in St. Louis and San Diego.
The Raiders’ decision to step aside from Los Angeles doesn’t mean the team will be staying in Oakland. But owner Mark Davis presumably is emerging from the L.A. Relocluster with enough cash to help make up for the lack of public funding in Oakland.
That doesn’t mean the Raiders and the NFL won’t at least try to get some public money before footing the bill for a new stadium, but it’s looking like (as long expected) the Raiders will remain in Oakland, at least for now.