The Los Angeles Rams held a formal introductory press conference Friday, with team owner Stan Kroenke, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff and Inglewood Mayor James Butts taking center stage.
With emotions still running high and excitement largely abounding, the Rams contingent touched on everything from a new logo to stadium plans and the potential of an AFC team joining the Rams in Hollywood.
The press conference kicked off with Kroenke at the podium, and it didn't take long for him to get emotional, according to the Los Angeles Times' Nathan Fenno:
Kroenke's chin is trembling from emotion: "It's been a long road, but we made it."— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) January 15, 2016
Around the same time, the NFL revealed the Rams' revamped logo:
The Los Angeles Rams pic.twitter.com/QubROj7DjU— NFL (@NFL) January 15, 2016
The Rams also posted a heartfelt video on Twitter confirming they are, in fact, coming home:
However, the mood wasn't all positive. According to NFL Network's Steve Wyche, Rams fans in attendance took umbrage at the suggestion the San Diego Chargers could be joining the NFC West side in Los Angeles:
Rams CEO Kevin Demoff brought up welcoming a 2nd team to LA. Fans in the building booed.— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) January 15, 2016
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne noted the Rams see the potential for a cross-conference rivalry that could benefit the city:
Rams prez Kevin Demoff says "We can't wait to welcome a second team into our building so we can have a true AFC-NFC rivalry"— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 15, 2016
But the Associated Press' Greg Beacham reiterated that the Chargers—who retain first preference to join the Rams in Los Angeles—have yet to make any commitments regarding the franchise's future:
Stan Kroenke says they're still talking to the Chargers about a deal to share Inglewood. Nothing done or decided yet.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) January 15, 2016
NFL Network's Alex Flanagan previously reported the Chargers were in the process of "vetting" the framework of a stadium deal that would allow them to share the new Inglewood site with the Rams. However, the Chargers will have to pay a $550 million relocation fee and forfeit a $100 million subsidy from the NFL that would go toward building a new stadium in San Diego if they choose to relocate.
As for the new stadium, Kroenke and Co. appeared optimistic that it will attract events of the highest caliber once it opens in 2019, per Beacham:
Stan Kroenke: "We're gonna bring Super Bowls here. We're gonna bring Final Fours." Says NCAA has already talked to him about Final Four.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) January 15, 2016
Inglewood Mayor James Butts says he has already inquired about hosting the 2020 Super Bowl.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) January 15, 2016
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher also chimed in on the move, having been part of one before, as Beacham pointed out:
LA Rams coach Jeff Fisher moved the Oilers to Tennessee: "It's not an easy experience, but you can do things right." pic.twitter.com/BpgEkjnuML— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) January 15, 2016
The move will be an adjustment for everyone involved, but it will undoubtedly be fascinating to see how things unfold as the Rams get set to play their first games in L.A. since moving to St. Louis in 1995.
With a promising young defense, a star running back in Todd Gurley and the No. 15 pick in April's NFL draft, the Rams are starting to accrue the pieces necessary to shine under the bright lights in Hollywood.
And with their decision to move complete, attention should start shifting to the Chargers as they ponder a potential future in San Diego and the financial ramifications of moving north.