St. Louis' Effort to Keep Rams From Move to LA Passes Key Vote

Three NFL teams are threatening to move to Los Angeles, including the Rams

St. Louis aldermen on Friday agreed to spend $150 million to help finance a new riverfront football stadium as part of the effort to keep the Rams from moving.

Aldermen tentatively approved the plan Tuesday. A final vote was taken Friday afternoon -- Aldermen voted 17-10 to approve the measure.

Three NFL teams are threatening to move to Los Angeles, including the Rams. Team owner Stan Kroenke is part of a group planning a $1.8 billion stadium in Inglewood.

In nearby Carson, the city is hoping both the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers will move from their current homes. Carson approved a building freeze Tuesday night in an effort to protect land near a proposed NFL football stadium from development.

The Raiders and Chargers would share a Carson stadium as part of their joint venture.

League owners meet next month to decide if up to two of the teams are allowed to relocate.

A St. Louis stadium task force says that even if the Rams move, the new stadium could lure another team. The $1 billion stadium would sit along the Mississippi River.

The Los Angeles area has not hosted an NFL franchise since the Rams and Raiders left for St. Louis and Oakland after the 1994 season.

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