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It's going to be really interesting to see the actual timeline of information once that starts coming out. The NFL wasn't going to let any sort of pro-relocation news come out during the regular season. And, as late as this afternoon, we were being fed (albeit, unofficial and shaky) info about the Carson project being in the lead and the Chargers/Raiders being the ones moving. Even the Relocation Committee voted 5-1 in favor of Carson. We were led to believe Inglewood was behind in votes and support.

While it is neat and probably deserving (at least, in terms of visual support at games) the Rams are moving to Los Angeles, I do feel awful for the St. Louis fans. Losing a team is really tough. You're losing some traditions and rituals that you had with family and friends. It's people you got to see and hang out with and high-five with for four months on Sunday afternoons. You don't have that hometown team anymore. Barring something strange, it's something you'll never get to experience again. Speaking from experience, I certainly don't expect you to love the NFL like you once did or think you'll still support the Rams. If you do stick around for football, you might be able to enjoy the game more now that you don't have an attachment to a team. That's become my view towards hockey and the NHL...I still love going to the game, but I can enjoy it without getting too up or too down as the game ebbs and flows. It'll sting tonight, it'll sting for a while, and it'll sting once the 2016 season kicks off. But once the reality sets in, that sting goes away. It really is like divorcing your wife.

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no need to take potshots at another poster

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All that was before they locked Mark Davis in a closet and wouldn't let him come out until he agreed to bail. They went after the weakest link and he broke.

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You lovingly handcrafted page upon page calling St. Louis an irredeemable, festering :censored: hole of perpetual despair to get a new toy.

Only because I couldn't!

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Oh the Irony! LA Rams fans are embracing the very man responsible for taking their team away in the first place.

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Now the Chargers may not come at all because Spanos is acting like a spolied child. F*** that guy.

Doesn't matter though, the Los Angeles Rams have officially been approved!

So is Jerry Jones buying you out with the Cowboys?

Acutally, this brings up an interesting question. Can the Cowboys continue to have training camps out here in Oxnard?
Yes.

http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboysheadlines/2015/08/18/dallas-cowboys-have-exclusive-use-of-training-camp-facilities-in-oxnard-through-2017

While their new training/commercial facility, The Ford Center at The Frisco Star, is to open in August, the Cowboys are committed to Oxnard at least 18 days through 2017.

All other camp days will be spent here.

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Look, I'm not even a Chargers fan. I could care less about Dean Spanos' toy. But for him to say for DECADES that he wanted absolutely nothing to do with the LA market, then to throw a fit and really kinda :censored: this whole process at the last second is just so typical. He knew his free ride mooching off of the risiduals of what was left of the LA market was coming to an end, and rather than try to shore up what he had down south, he basically did all he could to alienate the fanbase and up and bails the first minute he could.

And in return, what do we get? We end up losing an extremely dedicated market in order to appease probably the greediest SOB in the league. AND, the Bay Area and the state of California will end up having to ultimately shell out close to a billion dollars to construct a sub par building in the hood for a team that, literally, nobody wants.

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removing the personal stuff

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Real question: what will the Edward Jones Dome do now? Does it just sit there? Are there other events?

Probably a lot of events. 8 home dates + 2 pre-season gone from the NFL can't possibly be dire.

So London is now the new bait-tag for future NFL relocations...right?

London Jaguars. That's all that is.
Too much of Shahid Khan's personal money has been spent on upgrades to EverBank Field, so a permanent move of any kind away from Duval is utterly and completely ridiculous.

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Now the Chargers may not come at all because Spanos is acting like a spolied child. F*** that guy.

Doesn't matter though, the Los Angeles Rams have officially been approved!

So is Jerry Jones buying you out with the Cowboys?

To be honest, I am very tempted to completely become a Rams fan, and to not root for anybody else. However, I also I don't think I can turn my back on my childhood team, and a team I've been a fan of for 20 years. I'll know for certain when the Rams play the Cowboys next, and whoever I find myself rooting for more, will be my favorite team. Luckily! The Cowboys and Rams don't play each other this season so I'll go through this season having the Cowboys as my 1a.) and the Rams as my 1b.) :P

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That statement from Kroenke was bad. Real bad. There's no good way to say that, but it was painful for me as someone who has no connection to St. Louis. Dude, you grew up in this city and profess to love it. And you just took away its football franchise so you could make more money. He would have, of course, still made a crapload of money in STL in the new stadium the city would have (partially) built. It would have been bad for the city and everybody but the Rams, but the Rams would have been perfectly healthy staying. Kroenke moved them for more money. I have no problem with him trying to make more money otherwise, but it's weird to have him still say how much he loves the city while ripping the hearts out of thousands or millions of fans.

It's good to see the Rams back in LA, though. Somebody was moving, and this is the best possible outcome. I also have a feeling that something will get worked out with the Chargers in San Diego. Spanos didn't get the package he wanted, but the league still approved him to move the Chargers ASAP. Yet he's still dawdling and talking about getting something worked out in San Diego. I think his primary concern was blocking the Rams from getting to LA, and he was willing to move his franchise and the tag-along Raiders to do so. Now that the Rams beat him, hopefully he sees it'll be much better for him to work with the city of SD to stay in that market (with the negligible LA portion gone), as opposed to moving to LA to become the football Clippers. I'm glad the Raiders are staying. Hopefully the Chargers stop being dicks and decide to stay in SD.

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I feel more depressed than I am excited. Yes, the people in Los Angeles finally get an NFL team again, but I still can't help but think about the actual fans in St. Louis and San Diego and how they feel. I understand the circumstances of all of this, but I just wish there was another way of giving someone something than taking it away from someone else.

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Here are the Rams in the last NFL game played in St. Louis. The one last indignity on the way out.

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Real question: what will the Edward Jones Dome do now?

Turned into a parking lot where the Best Fans In Baseball play catch on the blood of the non-believers.

If Stan Kroenke gets to bail on St. Louis because the Cardinals are too difficult compete with (that's what he said in his relocation proposal), then I'm just gonna go ahead and own the Best Fans in Baseball thing. Cardinals fans are SO good they drove the too big to fail NFL out of town. BFIB indeed.

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I feel more depressed than I am excited. Yes, the people in Los Angeles finally get an NFL team again, but I still can't help but think about the actual fans in St. Louis and San Diego and how they feel. I understand the circumstances of all of this, but I just wish there was another way of giving someone something than taking it away from someone else.

You needn't feel sorry for us San Diegans.

We're more than happy to be rid of the Chargers soon enough.

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Dude, you grew up in this city and profess to love it.

Just for the sake of accuracy, he grew up in small town Missouri closer to KC (but really just in the middle of nowhere) than STL. He's made his primary residence in Columbia, MO (where Mizzou—which he attended—is located, about 2 hours from STL). He's got a tremendous amount of connections to St. Louis, and certainly many more to the state. His parents did love the Cardinals so much they named him after two great players. But he did not grow up in St. Louis nor has he ever made his home here.

Still very much a spurning, but just wanted to put the right facts out there.

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So...any news on the Coyotes? lol

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