On Tuesday, the NFL owners voted in overwhelming favor to re-locate the Rams franchise to Los Angeles. Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who proposed a $1.8 billion stadium project at the site of an old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood, will pay the fee of $550 million to move the team in a lump sum. The Inglewood stadium is projected to open in 2019 and until then, the Rams are expected to play at the LA Coliseum. The Chargers have a one-year option to join the Rams at their Inglewood site and if they do not, that option would be given next to the Raiders. The Chargers, led by owner and chairman Dean Spanos, are expected to join the Rams in Los Angeles.
One of the fans of the NFL's resurgence back in Los Angeles, the second-biggest television market in the nation, is Giants co-owner Steve Tisch. While also being in the news amidst the Giants' head coaching search, which he expects to come to an end this week, he spoke about the decision made by the NFL owners to allow the return of professional football to Los Angeles.
"It’s a very important day for the NFL and for Los Angeles," Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said. "As someone who has lived there 44 years, I’m not only excited as an NFL owner, but as a resident of Los Angeles."
However, Tisch also noted that the deliberations did not leave everybody on a happy note and that he doesn't expect the Chargers to play in Los Angeles in 2016.
I asked Steve Tisch if all three owners are happy with outcome. "No." Said it's "unlikely" #Chargers play in LA this season.— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) January 13, 2016
Tisch also added that the secret ballot vote, which drastically changed the final voting outcome, helped steer the decision to move forward with the Inglewood project.
Tisch also thought the secret ballot was a great idea, which reportedly led to eight owners flipping their vote from Carson to Inglewood.
"Personally, I’m very happy with the result," Tisch said. "I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 44 years, so I think the Hollywood Park location is great. And I’m very excited."