We are in the last month of the 2010s and it is a time of reflection. We decided to look back at the 10 best moments of the decade for the LA Sports landscape.
With the new year just one month away not only is it the end of the sports year but the end of a decade as well. When the decade started the Lakers were at the top of the NBA, there was still no NFL teams that called LA home, the Dodgers owners were mired in a divorce threatening the franchise, the LA Sports Arena still stood next to the Coliseum, and the golden age of Kings hockey was just about to begin.
Over the next decade, LA sports fans have been provided with indelible moments. A hall of fame career ended, the Lakers and Dodgers seemingly swapped places and both changed ownership situations, new players and coaches made their marks, and by the end of the decade, LA could claim that it had become the center of the sports universe.
As the 2020’s approach, LA sports fans hope that their teams and city continue to make a mark in the sports landscape in the meantime let’s look back at the last 10 years and the top moments of the decade in LA sports.
Honorable Mention: The Rams come back to LA
On January 12th, 2016 the NFL owners approved by a margin of 30-2 the relocation of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles. The approval meant that the NFL would be returning to Los Angeles for the 2016 NFL season the first time the NFL would be in the 2nd largest city in 22 years.
The Rams owner Stan Kroenke outbid a joint rival bid from the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. Kroenke’s bid was for the Rams to play at the Los Angeles Coliseum until his football complex and stadium would be built in Inglewood across from the Forum.
In the three years since the announcement the Rams turned themselves into contenders winning the NFC West twice and playing Super Bowl LIII, their first Super Bowl representing Los Angeles since 1979.
Since the monumental decision to bring the NFL back to LA the Chargers have also moved to LA joining the Rams as tenants in the brand new Sofi Stadium that opens in 2020.