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Rams Return: What to Know About the NFL's Move Back to Los Angeles

Below, a look at what's next as Los Angeles prepares for the return of the NFL

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    The Rams are returning to the Los Angeles area 21 years after leaving for St. Louis. The move was approved Jan. 12, 2016 at a meeting of league owners in Houston.

    Below, a look at what happened and what's next for the NFL in LA.

    What happened at the owners meeting in Houston?
    A long day of votes and revotes ended with 30 of 32 NFL owners approving Rams owner Stan Kroenke's ambitious plan to move his team from St. Louis to the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood. Earlier in the day, a committee recommended a project in Carson that would have been shared by the Raiders and Chargers.

    What about the Chargers and Raiders?
    The Chargers have a yearlong option to join the Rams, followed by the Raiders if the San Diego franchise declines. The relocation agreement gives the Chargers and Raiders $100 million each if they build new stadiums in their current markets, but a stadium plan is required within a year.

    When will the Rams move?
    The team is scheduled to begin play in the Los Angeles area at the start of the 2016 season.

    Where will they play?
    The team will likely play in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until the new Inglewood stadium is ready in 2019, according to Kevin Demoff, the Rams vice president of operations.

    What is the name of the stadium?
    The Rams have to wait at least a year to negotiate naming rights on the new stadium unless they reach a deal with a second team before then.

    What about tickets?
    Visit WelcomeHomeRams.com for details. Fans can make a deposit to get on a waiting list for tickets.

    Where will the team practice?
    Oxnard is a possible location, said Demoff. But the team will look at several options.

    When did the Rams last play in the LA area?
    The Rams were in the LA area from 1946-94. They left, along with the Raiders, after the 1994 NFL season.

    Why did the Rams want to move?
    St. Louis had a plan for an open-air, $1.1 billion stadium along the Mississippi River north of the Gateway Arch to replace the Edward Jones Dome. But Kroenke mostly ignored the city's overtures, and the NFL commissioner said the requirement of at least $200 million from the NFL was double what league policy allowed. Kroenke also has said St. Louis' economy makes it difficult for an NFL franchise to thrive there.

    How did the Rams do last season?
    The Rams finished 7-9 under coach Jeff Fisher, third in the NFC West. Three Rams earned trips to the Pro Bowl: defensive tackle Aaron Donald, rookie running back Todd Gurley and punter Johnny Hekker.

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