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Rams, others consider relocating to Los Angeles market

Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams

Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams returns an interception in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during their game at Edward Jones Dome on Dec. 11, 2014 in St. Louis. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Dilip Vishwanat

The Giants face the Rams today in what could be their last trip to St. Louis for quite some time.

The Rams continue to be linked to a move to Los Angeles -- the team bolted L.A. for St. Louis in 1995 -- although a potential relocation might not be imminent.

The Giants last played in St. Louis in 2008. St. Louis lost the Cardinals to Phoenix in 1988. Local politicians there continue to try to entice the Rams to stay by exploring plans for a new stadium to replace the aging Edward Jones Dome.

That still might not be enough to convince team owner Stan Kroenke not to relocate to Los Angeles, especially after his purchase of a 60-acre lot in Inglewood, California, that some observers believe might be used for a new stadium site. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported this past week that a move to Los Angeles is not imminent.

There was another development during the week that suggested a relocation of any team might not be forthcoming in the immediate future.

The Chargers join the Rams and Oakland Raiders as the three teams most strongly considering the Los Angeles market, but the Chargers announced they will not exercise an option to get out of their lease at Qualcomm Stadium for the 2015 season. The Chargers' announcement that they will remain in San Diego next season is interpreted by some observers as an indication that they feel confident about that decision because it appears no team will move to Los Angeles until at least 2016.

ESPN reported yesterday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has told the Raiders, Rams and Chargers that there will be no team relocation to Los Angeles in 2015.


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