NFL owners approved a measure, 30-2, Tuesday that will formally relocate the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles, while the San Diego Chargers will have an option to join them through Jan. 16, 2017, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Oakland Raiders will remain in the Bay Area for the time being, but Schefter reported they will be afforded first preference to move to Los Angeles should San Diego defer the option.
Following the announcement, Twitter promptly erupted with reactions. Here's a look at how minds throughout the NFL universe received the news.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora provided a crucial update regarding the Rams' temporary digs before they move to Inglewood, California:
La Canfora also reported New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was among those pleased with the resolution:
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added that the Chargers are not locked into a move just yet:
Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson explained the payout structure should the Chargers and/or Raiders remain in their current cities:
Defensive end Chris Long—the longest-tenured player on the Rams—relayed a heartfelt message to fans:
Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis did the same:
Defensive end Robert Quinn looked toward a prosperous future:
Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network provided a crazy bit of historical context regarding Tuesday's vote:
According to USA Today's Tom Pelissero, nervous fans on-site chose to indulge in some adult beverages following the announcement:
Robert Mays of the MMQB noted the 2016 season will be encompassed, in part, by a surreal scene in Los Angeles:
NFL Network's Albert Breer put the move in perspective for the cities of Los Angeles and St. Louis on a difficult day for Rams fans:
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell emphasized that point in his post-meeting press conference with reporters, per CBS Sports' Will Brinson:
However, legendary Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson was among those who celebrated the team's return:
As the Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer explained, a 21-year process finally received some closure Tuesday thanks to the owners' vote. That said, things aren't done just yet.
The Chargers retain the option to move to Los Angeles if the franchise can reach an agreement with the city regarding a new stadium, and the Raiders are in a similar situation should San Diego pass on relocating up the coast.