The San Diego Chargers have until January to decide whether to join the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood.
That was part of the plan set forth by the NFL when the league’s owners approved the Rams relocation from St. Louis earlier this year.
Now with the Rams making their regular season home debut at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Sunday, information is trickling out that the Chargers may soon follow.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, some within the Chargers’ organization view a move to Los Angeles as inevitable.
“The Chargers would need a two-thirds vote on that stadium-funding referendum, per California law — a result that would frankly shock ownership based on the team’s analysis of the projected results,” the NFL insider reported. “And sources said that beyond this vote, the team basically has no recourse but to leave and exercise their option to join Stan Kroenke’s Rams in L.A. at the new stadium he is building in 2019.”
The Chargers were dealt a massive blow when a judge ruled they would need a two-third vote from the public to help finance a new stadium in San Diego. Prior to that, the team was expecting to need a simple majority at the polls this upcoming November.
All of this comes on the heels of it looking likely that the Oakland Raiders will uproot to Las Vegas — a relocation that would enable the Chargers to move to Los Angeles without a fight from their division rivals (more on that here).
As La Canfora reported, November’s vote is seen as a last resort for the Chargers. Should they not receive the two-thirds majority, the team will likely head to Los Angeles for the 2017 season.
With City of Champions Stadium not set to open until 2019, the Chargers would join the Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the next two seasons should relocation come to fruition.