LOS ANGELES (KRON) — The Raiders will remain in Oakland, it seems, after failing to win support for their relocation plans that would have sent them to Los Angeles, according to an NFL.com report.
The moves end the NFL’s 21-year absence from the nation’s second-largest media market.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, the owners voted 30-2 in favor of the Rams moving to Inglewood. The proposal required only 24 votes.
“Relocation is a painful process. It’s painful for the fans, for the communities, for the league in general,” Goodell said. “In some ways a bittersweet moment, because we were unable to get the kind of facilities done we wanted in their markets.”
A special owners meeting was scheduled Wednesday to vote on whether to allow the Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams to move. All three teams filed a relocation application the day after the NFL regular season was officially over.
Raiders owner Mark Davis was willing to partner with division rival Chargers and initial reports out of Tuesday’s owners meetings in Houston said that the owners were in favor of placing a team at the proposed Raiders and Chargers joint stadium in Carson.
“The Carson presentation was made by Disney Chairman Robert Iger, who would oversee the development of the stadium if owners approve the plan. Chargers owner Dean Spanos also made what was said to be an impassioned plea on behalf of his family. The owners also received the recommendation of the league’s committee on Los Angeles: The six-member committee recommended the Carson project,” a report on NFL.com said before the vote.
The Chargers can continue to negotiate with San Diego for a new stadium deal, while keeping the option of joining at the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke at the $1.8 billion complex he is building.
The Raiders could still move to Los Angeles if San Diego doesn’t, Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
The Rams —based in the LA area from 1946-94 — will play in a temporary facility — probably the Los Angeles Coliseum — until the new stadium is ready, most likely for the 2019 season.
“Today, with the NFL returning home, Los Angeles cements itself as the epicenter of the sports world,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “We cannot wait to welcome the Rams, and perhaps others soon, as they join a storied lineup of professional franchises, collegiate powerhouses, and sports media companies.”
The Raiders have issued a statement on the latest happenings in Houston.
The Raiders congratulate Stan Kroenke and the Rams on their successful bid for relocation to Los Angeles. The Raiders will now turn our attention to exploring all options to find a permanent stadium solution. We thank fans throughout the Raider Nation for their unrivaled passion and support.
Here is Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s statement regarding the Raiders staying in her city.
“We are pleased to have additional time to work with the Raiders and the NFL to build a new home for the team in Oakland.
We recognize that the Raiders have been understandably frustrated over the years, so we are excited to have this chance to rededicate ourselves to getting a deal done in Oakland that works for the team, the NFL, our fans and our taxpayers.
We remain confident that the Raiders can build a new stadium in Oakland without a direct public subsidy. We stand ready to work with the Raiders and the NFL to responsibly make that happen.”
And the Oakland Athletics, who are looking for a new stadium themselves, have issued a statement.
“The Oakland A’s will continue to explore our options with the City of Oakland and the County of Alameda on a new venue. This announcement by the NFL regarding the Raiders does not change our immediate plans or our goal of securing a new baseball-only facility.” – Lew Wolff