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:
Around the same time, the NFL revealed the Rams' revamped logo:
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:
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne noted the Rams see the potential for a cross-conference rivalry that could benefit the city:
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:
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:
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher also chimed in on the move, having been part of one before, as Beacham pointed out:
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.