Why Does Los Angeles Have Two NFL Teams?

A lot of people don’t know why Los Angeles has two NFL teams. The simple answer is that two teams used to be in the city, but the Rams moved to St. Louis in 1995. The Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995 as well.


Los Angeles is currently home to two NFL teams: the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. This was not always the case, however. For many years, LA was without an NFL team. So, why does Los Angeles have two NFL teams now?

The answer has to do with a combination of factors, including the league’s expansion plans, the city’s large population, and the availability of suitable stadiums.

In 2015, the NFL approved the Rams’ move from St. Louis to Los Angeles. This was done in part because Los Angeles is the second-largest media market in the United States, behind only New York City. The league believed that having a team in LA would help to grow the sport and generate more revenue.

Shortly after the Rams’ move was approved, it was announced that the San Diego Chargers would also be moving to Los Angeles. This was done in order to create a rivalry between the two teams and help to increase interest in the sport in the city.

The Chargers’ move to LA was not without its challenges, however. The team originally planned to share a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood; however, this plan fell through when it became clear that there would not be enough seats for all of the fans. As a result, the Chargers ended up moving to Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly StubHub Center) in Carson, which is located about 15 miles south of downtown LA.

Despite having two teams now, Los Angeles still lags behind other cities when it comes to NFL fandom. In fact, a 2018 poll showed that only 24% of Angelenos consider themselves fans of either the Rams or Chargers. This is likely due to a number of factors, including competition from other sports teams (such as basketball’s Lakers and baseball’s Dodgers) and fans’ general dissatisfaction with both teams’ recent performances.

The History of the Rams in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team that play in the National Football League (NFL). The Rams franchise was founded in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams in the short-lived second American Football League before joining the NFL the next year. In 1946, the franchise moved to Los Angeles. The Rams franchise remained in the metro area until 1994, when they moved to St. Louis. The Rams franchise returned to Los Angeles in 2016.

The franchise began in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams, a member of the second American Football League (AFL). The AFL folded after one season, and the Rams joined the NFL for 1937, fulfilling owner Dan Reeves’ vision of building a Midwestern powerhouse that could eventually challenge for a spot in the NFL Championship Game. The team played their home games at Cleveland Municipal Stadium and struggled during their first few years in the league, finishing last in their division in 1937 and 1938. The Rams made their first serious playoff push in 1939, led by newly acquired made halfback Parker Hall. The team finished 7-3-0 that season and second place behind only theGreen Bay Packers in their division, but lost to eventual division champion Chicago Bears 27-21
in a playoff game that saw both teams score 14 points apiece in regulation time before Bears quarterback Sid Luckman found receiver Raymond Berry for an 8-yard touchdown pass with just over two minutes left to play in sudden death overtime.

The History of the Chargers in Los Angeles

The Chargers are a professional American football team based in Los Angeles. The Chargers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team was founded on August 14, 1959, and began play on September 10, 1960, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL).

The Chargers joined the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. Between 1995 and 2016, the Chargers played their home games at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego’s Mission Valley neighborhood. The Rams originally planned to move from Los Angeles to Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California; however, these plans changed when Anaheim refused to provide any financial assistance for stadium renovations. In 2017, the Chargers owner announced plans to move the team back to Los Angeles for the 2017 season. They would eventually play their home games at StubHub Center until a new stadium is built.

In 2018, the Chargers moved to Dignity Health Sports Park located in Carson, CA; which they currently share with MLS club LA Galaxy.

The Impact of COVID-19 on the NFL

The National Football League is one of the most popular sports leagues in the United States. It is also one of the most affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. The virus has caused the postponement or cancellation of several games, and it has had a significant financial impact on the league.

In March, the NFL announced that it would be suspending all operations until further notice. This included cancelling all preseason games, postponing the draft, and closing all team facilities. The regular season was set to begin on September 10th, but it is now unclear if this will be possible.

The uncertainty surrounding the season has caused a decrease in ticket sales and a decline in ratings. This is due to the fact that fans are unsure if they will be able to watch their favorite team play. Furthermore, many people are hesitant to attend games due to the risk of contracting COVID-19.

The NFL has also been impacted by a decrease in sponsorship revenue. This is because companies are cutting back on their marketing budgets due to the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

It remains to be seen how COVID-19 will continue to affect the NFL. However, it is clear that the virus has had a significant impact on the league.


While it may seem strange that a city the size of Los Angeles would have two NFL teams, there are actually a number of reasons for it. First and foremost, the Los Angeles metropolitan area is absolutely massive, and is home to a population of over 12 million people. That’s larger than the populations of all but four U.S. states.

With such a large population, it’s no surprise that there is a significant amount of interest in football in the area. In fact, when the Rams left for St. Louis in 1995, there was such an outcry from fans that the NFL quickly awarded Los Angeles an expansion team, the Jaguars.

Interestingly, though, while Los Angeles is certainly big enough to support two NFL teams, it doesn’t have its own stadium that meets league standards. That’s why both the Rams and Chargers currently play their home games in stadiums located in adjacent cities. The Rams play in Inglewood, while the Chargers play in Carson.

It’s also worth noting that LA is not the only city with two NFL teams; New York City also has two teams, the Jets and Giants. So while it may seem unusual at first glance, upon further examination it makes perfect sense that Los Angeles has two NFL teams.

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