The St. Louis Rams are facing increasing rumors that the franchise will be moving back to its former home in Los Angeles, and those reports now appear to be bolstered by news that an L.A.-based company is hiring employees for the expected move.
Los Angeles appears to be preparing for an NFL team to make its home there, with AEG hiring a public relations person to oversee media for the expected move in February.
The news came via Los Angeles media outlet KFWB-AM, which found out that the company was planning the hire.
"On 'The Home Team' this morning, Jeanne Zelasko reported that she had been making calls in regards to an NFL team coming to Los Angeles and found out that AEG (who is currently working on the downtown Farmer's Field location outside of Staples Center) has been working to hire a Public Relations person to handle an NFL team that could start the process of moving to L.A. in February 2015."
Chatter has been gathering lately that the St. Louis Rams want to move to Los Angeles. The team, which played in Los Angeles before moving east to St. Louis in 1994, is in the final year of its lease with the Convention and Visitors Commission, which runs the Edward Jones Dome. In September, a report from ESPN Radio in St. Louis indicated that the Rams have already planned a move, and will announce it publicly after Super Bowl XLIX.
Others have hinted toward a move. In early September, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell wrote that only a region-wide effort would be able to save the team from relocation.
"Stop looking at this as a stadium issue and instead envision it as a larger plan that will revitalize the entire region. The most troubling part of the political heel dragging that St. Louis is infamous for is that it plays right into Los Angeles' hands. The more St. Louis waits, the more Gov. Jay Nixon proceeds with trepidation, the more incentive it gives Kroenke to find a way to put LA in play."
Los Angeles officials have also hinted toward the move. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he believes that a franchise will be headed to L.A. in the next year.
"It's highly likely that an NFL franchise will be in Los Angeles by 2015," he said earlier this year. "But it's not my decision. At the end of the day, the owners decide."
The St. Louis Rams are not the only team rumored to be moving to Los Angeles. Separate reports have indicated that the Oakland Raiders could be moving.