Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula voted for the Rams' Los Angeles proposal on Tuesday, citing in a message to The News that the Rams' Los Angeles proposal plan was "best for the league not just in the short term but for long-term success in LA."
Of course, this is a day many Western New Yorkers feared for years. That dark cloud was removed when the Pegulas purchased the Bills in September 2014. Now, the Rams are set to return to L.A. after 21 years and might be sharing a home with the Chargers.
The NFL owners voted overwhelmingly to move the team to owner Stan Kroenke's proposed stadium in Los Angeles County after more than 10 hours of presentations and negotiations. In addition to this, the owners agreed to allow Dean Spanos to relocate the San Diego Chargers but not to the site he had proposed. Rather, Spanos will begin negotiating a deal that'd move the Chargers into Kroenke's Inglewood stadium.
As reported by the LA Times, the vote was 30-2 in favor of the Rams and, possibly, Chargers sharing the stadium that could carry a price tag of $3 billion. It'll be the NFL's largest stadium, set to open in 2019. Next season, the Rams will likely play in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke issued a statement on the move.
“This has been the most difficult process of my professional career,” Kroenke said. “While we are excited about the prospect of building a new stadium in Inglewood, California, this is bitter sweet. St. Louis is a city known for its incredibly hard-working, passionate and proud people. Being part of the group that brought the NFL back to St. Louis in 1995 is one of the proudest moments of my professional career. Reaching two Super Bowls and winning one are things all St. Louisans should always treasure.”
Deceased Bills owner Ralph Wilson never voted in favor of a team's relocation. In 1996, he was one of two owners to vote against the Cleveland Browns' move to Baltimore. While understanding how tough this is for any fan base, the Pegulas indicated that such a move was going to happen for someone.
So after two decades, the NFL returns L.A. in a lopsided vote.