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Rams return to Los Angeles, Chargers working to join them

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The NFL issued approval for the Rams' Inglewood plan, and gave the Chargers the opportunity to join them.

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After 21 years away from the City of Angels, the NFL has official announced its return. On Tuesday, the league issued approval for the St. Louis Rams' plan to move back to Los Angeles while also giving the San Diego Chargers the opportunity to work towards a joint tenancy.

For several years, the Rams pushed for the opportunity to move back to the city they called home for nearly 50 years. Owner Stan Kroenke purchased a tract of land in Inglewood for the purposes of building a new stadium, a proposed $1.8 billion endeavor that can now begin in earnest.

Meanwhile, the Chargers appear likely to join the Rams in Inglewood, but only after more negotiations occur. Previously, the team had partnered with the Oakland Raiders to build a new stadium in Carson, Calif. However, the league ultimately nixed the idea, along with the Raiders' hopes of moving to L.A. Still, the league has approved the Chargers to relocate, but only if it can work out a deal with the Rams.

Regardless of whether the Chargers ultimately decide to participate, the NFL has indeed return to the second largest market in the United States. That means more money in the league coffers, and more games played in the late afternoon.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.