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NFL owners approve Rams relocation to L.A., Chargers have option to join

The St. Louis Rams are headed to Inglewood, California, the result of a vote made by the NFL’s owners on Tuesday.

The San Diego Chargers may also join the Rams, but have until Jan. 16, 2017 to agree to lease terms with the Rams, according to sources. If the Chargers decline the Oakland Raiders, another former L.A. tenant, can link up with the Rams.

A Chargers-Raiders partnership that would have put those two teams in a stadium in Carson, California, was the other proposal under consideration.

The vote, which was administered via secret ballot, according to ESPN’s Andrew Brandt, needed the approval of 24 of the league’s 32 owners.

Earlier in the day, the NFL’s six-owner committee on Los Angeles opportunities earlier recommended the Chargers-Raiders project, which would build a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. However, the push did not lead to the proposal surpassing the Rams’ relocation bid.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke had proposed to build a $1.86 billion stadium in Inglewood. Earlier Tuesday, a Rams-only proposal was denied by the owners, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, which led to the joint venture of the Rams and Chargers.

The Rams presented their project on Inglewood first, followed by the Chargers and Raiders — which included Disney CEO Bob Iger, who is a consultant to the group. The NFL made the final presentation.

Though all 32 teams are represented, Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk was the only owner not at the NFL owners meetings in Houston.

The Titans said Adams did not attend the meetings because the organization remains focused on hiring a general manager and head coach. Team president and CEO Steve Underwood is representing the team at the meetings.

Coincidentally, the Titans are last NFL team to relocate, moving from Houston to Tennessee prior to the 1997 season.

Information from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Adam Schefter, Eric D. Williams and Paul Kuharsky contributed to this report.

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  1. proessaywriting

    January 13, 2016 at 6:22 am

    However, the push did not lead to the proposal surpassing the Rams’ relocation bid))

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