(AP/FOX 11) - The Chargers, who have played in San Diego for 55 seasons, announced the filing Monday night.
In a video posted on the team's web site, chairman Dean Spanos blamed "the inability of the city at the political level to get any kind of public funding or any kind of vote to help subsidize a stadium."
The Chargers walked away from negotiations with the city and county in mid-June.
NFL owners will meet in Houston next week, at which time they could approve a move for the Chargers or the Oakland Raiders or St. Louis Rams, who also filed for relocation.
The Chargers want to partner with the Raiders on a stadium in Carson.
Three teams - the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and San Diego Chargers - each submitted applications to our office today to relocate their franchises to the Los Angeles area beginning with the 2016 season. Each team submitted the appropriate documentation in support of its application as required by the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations.
The applications will be reviewed this week by league staff and three league committees that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday -- the Los Angeles Opportunities, Stadium, and Finance committees. The applications will be presented for consideration at next week's league meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday. The relocation of a franchise requires the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the NFL clubs (24 of 32).
San Diego Chargers Statement:
Today the San Diego Chargers submitted to the National Football League the team's application to relocate to Los Angeles.
We have tried for more than 14 years, through nine separate proposals and seven different mayors, to create a world-class stadium experience for fans in San Diego. Despite these efforts, there is still no certain, actionable solution to the stadium problem. We are sad to have reached this point.
What happens next is in the hands of the NFL's owners, who will meet in Houston on January 12-13. The Chargers have pledged from the outset to respect whatever decision the League ownership makes.