EARTH CITY, Mo. -- They're still based in St. Louis, but there's no red tape to cut through before they get their new name. They are the Los Angeles Rams.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday the team officially became the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday evening in Houston, when league owners approved the relocation to Southern California. Although the team hasn't altered its name on social media or its website, that will be coming soon. The same is true here on ESPN.com, where the Rams will henceforth be referred to as the Los Angeles Rams.
Before the Rams physically set up shop in Los Angeles, there is a lot of business to take care of in the coming weeks and months. They've already begun working on many of the logistical details.
Near the top of the list is nailing down where they will maintain temporary offices and a practice facility until they can build a more permanent home. One possibility is a short-term stay in Oxnard, California, where the team trained with the Dallas Cowboys for a few days in August. The Rams could practice there for a couple of months as they settle in and then move to another spot for the 2016 season.
As for a more permanent practice home, the Rams haven't finalized a location but have looked at options closer to downtown and their Inglewood stadium. Oxnard is more than 60 miles from Los Angeles.
With so much to get done, the Rams are still operating out of their current Rams Park facility. That's likely to be the case for at least the next two months with the Rams targeting an April departure from St. Louis.