NFL: Three apply to move to LA

The St Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have applied to the NFL to relocate to Los Angeles.

The league confirmed all three had, as expected, submitted proposals by close of business on Monday.

An NFL statement read: "The applications will be reviewed this week by league staff and three league committees that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday – the Los Angeles Opportunities, Stadium, and Finance Committees.

"The applications will be presented for consideration at next week's league meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"The relocation of a franchise requires the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the NFL clubs (24 of 32)."

In a statement, the Chargers said: "We have tried for more than 14 years, through nine separate proposals and seven different mayors, to create a world-class stadium experience for fans in San Diego.

"Despite these efforts, there is still no certain, actionable solution to the stadium problem. We are sad to have reached this point."

The Rams' owner is Stan Kroenke, the majority shareholder at Arsenal. He wants to build an 80,000-seat stadium on a demolished horse racing track and car park in the Inglewood area.

The Rams' statement said: "The St Louis Rams informed the National Football League today that the Rams propose to relocate to the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The relocation would be effective for the 2016 NFL League Year."

And the Raiders confirmed: "In accordance with the relocation policies, the Oakland Raiders submitted a relocation package to the NFL. The matter is now in the hands of the NFL's owners. An owners' meeting is scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas on January 12 and 13, 2016."

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