30 of 32 owners approved the move to have the Rams shift back to Los Angeles, while the Raiders and Chargers, who were also in the running, will stay put for now. It is expected for the Raiders to pursue a big deal in the bay area, and the Chargers could join the Rams in L.A. in the near future.
The Rams will play their home games at the L.A. Coliseum beginning next season. The Chargers have a yearlong option to join the team, and if they decline, the option will move to the Raiders.
The Chargers and Rams submitted a proposal to share a stadium in Carson, California, but it did not receive the 24 votes needed to be approved.
The return to the "city of angels" ends a 21-year absence, which commissioner Roger Goodell saw two great opportunities and couldn't resist. He expressed his excitement, as did multiple former L.A Rams, including Eric Dickerson, who tweeted "Welcome home #LARAMS2016."
The one question that looms over this decision stems from the reason why the franchise left in the first place: the fan base. With so many sports and activities going on in the city, it was easy for the fans to turn their backs on the struggling team, which led to the move to St. Louis. The problem now is the team moving back to Los Angeles is a rebuilding team coming off a 7-9 season.
How long will the welcoming homecoming last before the second-largest media market's high expectations get in the way?