NFL Owners approved a relocation of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles that will go into effect this year, the Los Angeles Times, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, NFL.com and others reported Tuesday night.
NFL.com reported that the vote was 30-2 in favor of the relocation (24 votes for were required).
The Times reported that the San Diego Chargers will have the option to join the Rams in the Los Angeles area at a proposed stadium in Inglewood with an anticipated opening of 2019.
The news might not affect the Vikings for several seasons. Minnesota played its rotation through the NFC West (hosting the Rams) and AFC West (hosting the Chargers and visiting the Raiders) in 2015.
If NFL scheduling procedures remain the same, the Vikings wouldn't be due to visit the Rams until 2018, but that could be accelerated if both teams finish in the same corresponding slot of their divisions. The Vikings would not be due to visit the Chargers until 2019, the same year they would be scheduled to host the Raiders.
Ironically, the history of the Rams, Chargers and Raiders includes time in Los Angeles:
Rams: Cleveland 1937-45, Los Angeles 1946-94, St. Louis 1995-2015
Chargers: Los Angeles 1960, San Diego 1961-present
Raiders: Oakland 1960-81, Los Angeles 1982-94, Oakland 1995-present
The Vikings last played in Los Angeles in the 1993 season opener (a 24-7 loss to the Raiders on Sept. 5, 1993).
The Vikings won the last time they played the Rams in Los Angeles (31-17 on Nov. 29, 1992), 19 days after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was born.
Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner began his career in the NFL with the L.A. Rams in 1985 as receivers coach, the same year that defensive backs coach Jerry Gray was selected in the first round by the Rams.