Going back to Cali: NFL owners approve Rams’ return to LA market

Updated at 7:30 a.m.

National Football League owners voted on Tuesday to let Rams owner Stan Kroenke move his team from St. Louis to the Los Angeles area.

In a 30-2 vote, the league’s owners approved Kroenke’s plan to make the Rams’ new home in a $1.9 billion stadium in Inglewood, Calif., southwest of downtown Los Angeles, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Rams have played the last 21 seasons in St. Louis after moving to Missouri from Southern California prior to the 1995 season.

Owners on Tuesday also voted to allow the San Diego Chargers to relocate to the Los Angeles area — although not to the stadium in Carson the Chargers had planned to share with the Oakland Raiders. Instead, Chargers owner Dean Spanos will begin negotiating a plan for his team to share Kroenke’s stadium with the Rams.

The Raiders, who also sought a move to Los Angeles, will remain in the Bay Area for the time being. They would be granted the right to relocate to Los Angeles if the Chargers do not move there, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.

Update: Jan. 13 at 7:30 a.m.

The story’s headline was updated, and other information was added as it became available after initial reports Tuesday night. 

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