LA may only get one team, Chargers not the front-runner
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - Mike Florio of NBC Sport's Pro Football Talk said, the NFL may ultimately move only one team to Los Angeles. And that would happen not as a short-term thing, but as an indefinite move that could result in a second team never going to Los Angeles.
It has been presumed for months now that two NFL teams would be going to LA. But recently, there has been a shift in this thought.
"The shift comes from the league's intense desire to get it right in LA."
Simply assigning two teams to the LA market, which hasn't had an NFL team for 20 years, may not be the best way to reconnect with Los Angeles.
If only one team goes to LA it would most likely be the Rams since owner Stan Kroenke already has plans in place to privately fund a one-team stadium in Inglewood.
In order to make a one-team market in LA work, there would need to be a solid solution for the Chargers in San Diego. But that is very unlikely without public money. It will be completely impossible if the Chargers are dead-set on leaving, and if owner Dean Spanos has the votes to block Kroenke from moving to LA alone.
Unless it all works out smoothly with the Rams getting LA, the Chargers staying in San Diego, and the Raiders continuing to float aimlessly. Spanos along with Raiders owner Mark Davis could potentially rally nine votes aimed at blocking the Rams move to LA. At that point, if Kroenke moved it would be in violation of the league's relocation policy, which could potentially set the stage for another high-profile NFL loss in court.