NFL urges cities to act quickly if they hope to keep teams from moving to L.A.

As reported by the Orange County Register:

PHOENIX – With the NFL gearing up for the possibility of one or more franchises declaring by the league’s October meetings their intention to relocate to Los Angeles, NFL officials are cautioning officials in St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland that any pitches to keep their teams need to be made this year and sooner rather than later.

While the league’s annual window for teams to announce their intention to relocate remains Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, NFL officials are working on a number of fronts to enable the league to be ready for a vote months earlier should the Rams, Raiders or Chargers commit to moving out their current markets.

“We’re setting all this up to go earlier than that and we’ve told the home markets they ought not to depend on that Jan. 1,” NFL senior vice president Eric Grubman said in wide-ranging, nearly hour-long interview. “That they ought to go faster than that. We may feel like the right thing to do is to make that decision earlier so that everybody knows where they stand.”

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