Commissioner Roger Goodell informed teams there would be no relocation to Los Angeles for the 2015 season.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Goodell reached out to officials with the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams to tell them Los Angeles is not an option for 2015. All three teams are embroiled in stadium issues. The Raiders, who are in Oakland by way of Los Angeles, have no stadium lease for 2015 and owner Mark Davis investigated other options, including San Antontio.
The Rams are in a similar spot with a building the team rates as antiquated — the Edward Jones Dome — but no plan for a major renovation or new stadium site. The Chargers this week announced they would be at Qualcomm Stadium for 2015, but their future is not clear beyond next year.
Goodell said at the NFL owner’s meetings in March the league is confident a team will make its way to Los Angeles “when the situation is right.” There are also talks of a team in London, which the commissioner discussed at length during the three International Series games in England this season.
“I want both, but it doesn’t matter which one is first.”
The NFL has been trying to land a team in Los Angeles since the Raiders went back to Oakland in 1995 and the league is playing a series of games in London to generate global interest in the sport.
“You are proving you are worthy of a franchise,” Goodell said to the London fans in October.