By Aaron Wilson and Rachel Swan
January 12, 2016
Updated: January 13, 2016 – 7:22am
HOUSTON — Oakland, the city with no stadium plans and a halfhearted effort to hang on to the Raiders, gets to keep the team anyway — for now.
The Raiders pulled their bid to relocate to the Los Angeles area late Tuesday after it became clear the team didn’t have the support from NFL owners to move.
Instead, after a long day of deliberations, NFL owners meeting at the Westin Memorial City in Houston formally approved the relocation of the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles, with ultra-wealthy Rams owner Stan Kroenke planning a $1.86 billion stadium project in Inglewood. The San Diego Chargers were given the option to join them in Inglewood after haggling unsuccessfully for years for a new stadium.
But if the Chargers decline to move, the option to join the Rams in Inglewood will be given to the Raiders, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
The plan was approved by a 30-2 vote.
“This is not a win for the Raiders today, but at the same time I’m really happy for Stan Kroenke and the Rams going to Inglewood,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said at a news conference after the vote. “We’ll see where the Raider Nation ends up. … We’ll be working really hard to find us a home, and that’s what we’re looking for.
“So for our fans and everything else, don’t feel bad,” Davis said. “We’ll get it right, all right.”
Chargers owner Dean Spanos has one year to decide whether to move his team to Inglewood. If he decides not to move, the Raiders will get a year to decide whether to join the Rams in the Los Angeles market. Asked Tuesday what he was going to do, Spanos appeared to be undecided.
“I’m going to look at all my options,” Spanos said. “We do have options. It’s very difficult to say right now I’m going to do this or I’m going to do that.”
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said that if the Raiders and Chargers remain in their current cities, the NFL will give each team $100 million toward new stadiums.
The owners voted the opposite of a recommendation Tuesday morning by the six-member Committee for Los Angeles Opportunities, which pushed for the league to approve a $1.7 billion open-air stadium in Carson that would have been shared by the Chargers and Raiders.
The committee’s 5-1 vote did little to sway the full NFL ownership.
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