Late Tuesday night, the city of Inglewood approves plans to build an NFL-caliber stadium, which could lure the Rams here after the 2015 NFL season.
Last week, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders announced that they will jointly pursue a shared, $1.7-billion NFL stadium in Carson as an alternative if stadium deals in their host cities can't be worked out.
Tuesday night's vote in Inglewood gives full local approval to a $1.86-billion stadium project, which will receive no upfront public financing. Its builders say they want to start construction in December. Ultimately, the Rams future in Inglewood will be decided by the NFL, which is weighing a competing proposal to keep the team in St. Louis.
The Chargers and Raiders said they will continue to seek public subsidies for new stadiums in their home markets, but they are developing a detailed proposal for a privately financed Los Angeles venue in the event they can't get deals done in San Diego and Oakland by the end of this year, according to the teams.
In a statement given to The Times on Thursday, the Chargers and Raiders said: “We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.”
Of course, the thought by many was that the Rams would move here from St. Louis after the 2015 season.
L.A., which has been without the NFL for two decades, now finds itself with three teams that could relocate here.
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