Football Fans Launch Campaign To Bring Rams Back To Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — With all the talk of Farmers Field being built alongside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, a certain group of football fans believe the time is ripe for the Rams to leave St. Louis and head back to the City of Angels.

These fans have banded together to form a website, Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams.

“We all kind of feel that they’ve been on an extended road trip, and we’ve always felt that, you know, that they’re still our team,” LA Rams fan Tom Bateman told KNX 1070’s Randy Kerdoon.

The Rams franchise spent nearly 50 years as Los Angeles’ football team, between 1946 to 1979, playing out of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. During that time, the Rams played in NFL championship games four times, winning once in 1951. In the 80s, the franchise moved to Anaheim, to what’s now known as Angel Stadium, and finally to St. Louis in 1995.

Bateman says the Rams left LA because of their former owner, Georgia Frontiere, who inherited the team from her late husband Carroll Rosenbloom.

“That owner is no longer around, and it’s a new ownership,” he said. “And right now they have certain issues in St. Louis that we don’t think are going to be worked out. We certainly think Farmer’s Field and Los Angeles provide a lot greater opportunities for them.”

Since planning began on the NFL stadium now known as Farmers Field in 2011, officials have been looking for teams that would be open to relocating to Los Angeles. The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings have all been mentioned as possibilities, along with the Rams.

“If the Rams were to come back, you would instantly have fan support,” Bateman said.

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  • DAX

    I hate the Raiders but even if I liked them I wouldn’t want them in LA they belong in Oakland same with the Vikings,I don’t dislike them but I don’t root for them and there is just too much tradition with them in Minnesota,the Rams would be ok even though they started in Cleveland,Jacksonville ok. The Chargers are the original LA team but they have been in SD so long.But they would still be a So Cal team.

  • peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea

    Bring it.

    The Santa Clara 49ers

  • Aron Gonzalez

    It just makes perfect sense for the L.A. RAMS to continue their 49 year football history in this great city of ours. Also, the first Super Bowl was played at the L.A. Coliseum and SB LX is coming up just in time for Farmers Field. Bring Back OUR Los Angeles RAMS!

  • keeprunningstrong

    The Rams barely played in Cleveland before the NFL was even established. I don’t know why that’s even an issue with anyone. The Rams are L.A.’s original N.F.L. team and there is no denying it.

    And the Chargers were here for one year. I’d hardly call them L.A.’s original team.

    Bring the Rams home. I’ll embrace them.

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