Rams to Relocate to Los Angeles: Twitter Reacts to Move Announcement

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2016

St. Louis Rams helmets are shown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game between the Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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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: 

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

Indeed, hearing USC signed off on two NFL teams sharing LA Coliseum starting as soon as 2016. Wow

La Canfora also reported New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was among those pleased with the resolution: 

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

Bob Kraft just left. Gave a big thumbs up. "This is a great solution," he said on way out

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added that the Chargers are not locked into a move just yet:

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Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

When the #Chargers get the option of moving to LA... it does create a window for the city of San Diego to potentially hold onto their team.

Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson explained the payout structure should the Chargers and/or Raiders remain in their current cities: 

Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson

So compromise is: #Rams in Inglewood. #Chargers can join or stay home for $100 mil in funding. #Raiders stay home, they get $100 mil funding

Defensive end Chris Long—the longest-tenured player on the Rams—relayed a heartfelt message to fans: 

Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis did the same:  

James Laurinaitis @JLaurinaitis55


Defensive end Robert Quinn looked toward a prosperous future: 

Robert Quinn @RQuinn94

Thank you St. Louis for all the great memories created and thank you fans for all the support! #Stl.2011-2016 #L.A.HereWeCome✈️

Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network provided a crazy bit of historical context regarding Tuesday's vote:

Andrew Siciliano @AndrewSiciliano

70 years ago today, the Rams announced their relocation from Cleveland to Los Angeles. They're coming back.

According to USA Today's Tom Pelissero, nervous fans on-site chose to indulge in some adult beverages following the announcement: 

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Bunch of #Raiders fans and one #Chargers fan who had been outside all day just marched single file into the hotel bar.

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

The Oakland Raiders live. https://t.co/JZdF2Ivz3B

Robert Mays of the MMQB noted the 2016 season will be encompassed, in part, by a surreal scene in Los Angeles: 

Robert Mays @robertmays

It's really, really hard to imagine an NFL football game at the Coliseum in 2016. But here we are.

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:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Here's hoping the celebration over the LA deal doesn't go overboard, and come off as a grave-stomping. Tough day for St. Louis.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell emphasized that point in his post-meeting press conference with reporters, per CBS Sports' Will Brinson: 

Will Brinson @WillBrinson

“Relocation is a painful process. It’s painful for the fans, communities, the teams, the league in general.” - Roger Goodell

However, legendary Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson was among those who celebrated the team's return:  

Eric Dickerson @EricDickerson

Welcome Home! #LARams2016

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.  

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