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Chargers apply for relocation to Los Angeles

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The San Diego Chargers have become the first team to officially seek relocation to Los Angeles.

The Chargers filed for relocation to Los Angeles on Monday night. The team announced the action on their website with owner Dean Spanos offering an explanation for the team’s course of action.

“I just want to say that this has been probably the single most difficult decision I’ve ever made, that our family has ever made in business,” Spanos said. “I promise you it wasn’t an easy decision to come to but I’ve lived here 31 years of my life. That’s almost half my life. I have all my friends here. I have a lot of great memories, not just with the football team but the rest of my life and how it all played out here. So it was very difficult to come to this decision but it’s been 14 years that we’ve been working very hard to try to get something done here. We’ve had nine different proposals that we’ve made that all of were basically rejected by the city. Over 25 percent of our business comes from Riverside County, Orange County and the Los Angeles County area. And another team or teams going in that area would have a huge impact on that. I think that’s what really was the catalyst that got this whole thing going because when the Rams decided to make their move there, this was a move to protect our business more than anything. And so we find ourselves where we do right now.”

“I’ve said all along and I still say this, we have never wanted to leave,” he continued. “Why would you want to leave San Diego? It’s a great city with great people and surely this decision to file has had nothing to do with the fans. The fans have been great. They’ve been supportive. It’s really been the inability of the city at the political level to get any kind of public funding or any kind of a vote to have subsidize a stadium. This current process that’s proposed by the mayor, it just runs past the time frames where you need to have an answer and it really puts the burden on the team if you’re not successful in having a positive vote, it’s not because you didn’t try but at the end of the day there may be, and probably most likely would not be, an alternative for the team.”

Ultimately, the decision to move doesn’t lie with Spanos and the Chargers, but the collective whims of the league’s 32 owners.

“There’s no certainty on anything,” Spanos said. “This is a very fluid situation. You read all this stuff in the paper and everybody is tallying votes, but nobody knows for sure. But as we’ve said all along, whatever the decision of the owners is, we’ll abide by.”

So what happened if the Chargers don’t move to Los Angeles?

“We’re back here and we’re going to be here for the next year for sure,” Spanos said. “We’ll look at all the possibilities are, obviously, with the city and see what our alternatives could be.”

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38 Responses to “Chargers apply for relocation to Los Angeles”
  1. talkingproud says: Jan 4, 2016 10:38 PM

    As well as the Rams, according to Shifty Schefter

  2. 3menandablog says: Jan 4, 2016 10:46 PM

    I don’t think the NFL realizes that they will lose all SD after all this. They are selling this “mega market” as if SD will continue to support them, and it’s not happening. We’re a couple hours drive apart, but completely different cities. It’s like thinking that if the Eagles moved to New York that people in Philly would still be fans because it’s a few hours away.

    They will have to build a new fan base. And I’m not sure why the NFL would have faith in the Spanos family to make LA work. They don’t talk to the media and suck at running a team.

  3. argh88 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:47 PM

    Does it really matter where your favorite team plays?

  4. sdcharger123 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:56 PM

    argh88 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 10:47 PM
    Does it really matter where your favorite team plays?
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    Of course it does. If you’re from a city that has a team and you grow up rooting for that team, having them taken away from you isn’t a good feeling. I was born and raised in San Diego. I root for the Chargers. I don’t jump on the Steelers, Broncos, Seahawks, or Patriots bandwagon like many do here. The idea of the Chargers leaving my city is awful.

  5. nnagi says: Jan 4, 2016 11:01 PM

    Pay for your own stadium, Spanos, you cheapskate republican voting hypocrite…you ought to be ashamed of yourself asking for handouts while you criticize entitlements for people that need real help…

  6. demolition510 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:03 PM

    So you would do whatever it takes including moving to keep the 25% even if it means losing the 75%. LOL. Got it. See ya.

  7. ch1ggs says: Jan 4, 2016 11:13 PM

    Ugh, keep them out of Los Angeles. We’d rather have the Rams and Raiders.

  8. briang123 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:27 PM

    Eagles to Los Angeles, Bengals to Philly. Don’t laugh. That was actually and seriously considered in 1996.

  9. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:31 PM

    I think you should stay in San Diego where you have a good steady market. As a marketing prof, ill say that San Diego has a steady market segment and target market with excellent advertising potential which can be profitable for the Charger team. also you have a loyal fan base. Forget government funding and use private funds for the stadium. Private enterprise is more efficient than government.

  10. Knute's Knuggets says: Jan 4, 2016 11:31 PM

    So to protect 25% of your business you’re going to put the remaining 75% in jeopardy, as well as all the relations and good will you’ve worked to create over the last 30 years? Yea, right!

    A chance to make some extra green in the long run outweighs the risk of losing some sure green in the shirt term. I say chance as it’s not guaranteed, but if not a solid chance you wouldn’t have leapt.

    Your prerogative as owner, but don;t pull the “hardest decision” line on us after all this. Best wishes for your success, but don;t expect our support should you want top return in 5 years.

  11. bolted4life says: Jan 4, 2016 11:31 PM

    ch1ggs says:
    Jan 4, 2016 11:13 PM

    Ugh, keep them out of Los Angeles. We’d rather have the Rams and Raiders.

    ———————————————————–

    Actually numerous polls say Rams then Chargers and Raiders last.

    And thr NFL want the Rams and the Chargers there because they’ll be the most successful.

    Raiders are only profitable in Oakland. With tarps tho.

  12. samquix says: Jan 4, 2016 11:36 PM

    SD problem is the idiot political leaders and the fact that roughly 35-40% of the population is stationed here via US Military. There are many loyal chargers fans in SD. There are also thousands of fans from all over the US who go to Qualcomm to see their home team play. It’s really very simple to understand. It’s a main reason why you don’t see places like Green Bay, Buffalo, Detroit have other fans take over their stadiums. Between Miramar and Camp Pendleton there are hundreds of thousands of temporary San Dieagans (not a bad place to get a 4 year tour) that grew up with no interest in the chargers. And when they pay top dollar for tickets to the Q all of the sudden the chargers have a “terrible” fan base which isn’t the whole case. I haven’t decided weather or not to stay a fan yet. I’ll wait and see…

  13. bondlake says: Jan 4, 2016 11:38 PM

    “It’s really been the inability of the city at the political level to get any kind of public funding or any kind of a vote to have subsidize a stadium.”

    Public money for private enterprise for a billionaire. How arrogant!!!

    I do not have any ill will for a person with money, but if a stadium is such a great deal, BUILD IT YOURSELF!

    And, enjoy the LA traffic.

    Goodbye!!!

  14. samquix says: Jan 4, 2016 11:39 PM

    But I don’t want them to leave because even though they suck big time I’m not a bandwagon fan and will love them even though that trophy case is empty and management are imbeciles. They’ve been my team since I was a boy and it’s hard to defend them. But they’re still my team. Bolt up!

  15. rickochey says: Jan 4, 2016 11:49 PM

    Dean has a bad case of FOMO.. Fear Of Missing Out… and by his statement he is scared. He has no sense of business nor does he have any sense of achievement. Going to LA is NOT going to get you more fans, but less fans. As it stands now, the home games are full of visitor fans.

    You have 9 proposes to the City of San Diego but you just wrote a check for $550 M or a half a billion dollars. Your math and logic does not add up.

  16. rickochey says: Jan 4, 2016 11:55 PM

    ok ok ok… so 25% of the Chargers business comes from the inland empire and dean is scared to loss that but 75% of Chargers business comes from San Diego and he is willing to walk away from that…. Dean is truthfully retarded. He is scared to lose 25% over the actual 75% in San Diego? This man has just clarified why he has not and will not ever be a winner.

    Dean quick.. 2+2= ?

  17. coachglove says: Jan 4, 2016 11:56 PM

    I live here and have zero interest in voting for a public subsidy for them. The Chargers in SD have a problem as noted above…a relatively large percentage of the population is transient (military) and not going to vote to support public funds for a stadium. If anything, the NFL should be chipping in more here because the entire league should want to have SD in the regular super bowl rotation. The public subsidy vote will likely not pass here…so the Chargers are either going to have their bluff called or be moving somewhere else.

  18. rickochey says: Jan 4, 2016 11:58 PM

    he is going to spend $550 million over fear of losing 25%…

    Hey dean, if you want more fans, put together a winner and be attractive.

  19. dasmol says: Jan 5, 2016 12:01 AM

    “…we’re going to be here for the next year for sure,” Spanos said.

    So where does that leave me as a season ticket holder?

    I’m not even close to being a millionaire, do I once again commit several hundred dollars and 10 days of my life to a team that’s not committed to be here beyond next season?

  20. mrthumbs says: Jan 5, 2016 12:09 AM

    Grass will not be greener in LA and San Diego fans will revolt. You better be sure its a done deal leaving SD by the way what stadium are you going to play in in 2016 because it won’t be the Q. Classic living on Daddy’s money when in was so easy to be rich back in the day. Dumb and Dumber To.

  21. asimonetti88 says: Jan 5, 2016 12:15 AM

    Assuming the 25% number is correct (which it isn’t), that means 75% comes from San Diego. So you’re alienating 3/4 of your fans Dean. You clearly haven’t lived in SD enough if you think people are driving from here to LA for games.

  22. hughjaas says: Jan 5, 2016 12:26 AM

    Over 25 percent of our business comes from Riverside County, Orange County and the Los Angeles County area….this was a move to protect our business more than anything. And so we find ourselves where we do right now.
    ——————————————————-

    Do you see how little regard Spanos has for Charger fans? How stupid does Spanos think the fans are to believe that?

    I won’t be cheering for the Chargers any longer. How can I just jump on the bandwagon of another team? I believe Mark Cuban was spot on – the greed and oversaturation of the owners will eventually kill the league: “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.”

    If the Chargers move, I’m done with the NFL – maybe with the exception of fantasy leagues. People will eventually realize that the players, coaches, and fans are just pieces in a bigger game played by 32 billionaires – just take a look at how players are treated once they’re past their prime and after they retire.

  23. thames2vvvvvvrebel89130 says: Jan 5, 2016 12:26 AM

    is he saying they’re going to be in san diego next year no matter what?

    talk about a lame duck

    i thought the teams moving would be playing in la next yr

  24. chipper41 says: Jan 5, 2016 12:41 AM

    What does living in San diego for half of this billionaires life have anything to do with anything? Talk about a narcissist. And not even a thank you to the fans that have supported the team for almost 60 years.

    The Chargers have been in San diego since 1960 dude. The 25% of your business from riverside la and orange counties are from transplanted San diegans idiot. Go to la and be the clippers. Maybe in 20 years the Chargers will accidentally become an above average team just as the rest of la starts sucking ( see current lakers) and will become the cool thing to be a fan of for a few seasons.

    Enjoy the city of Carson and building your stadium on a former landfill. In the words of Jim harbaugh you reap what you sow

  25. pezonessuculentas says: Jan 5, 2016 12:51 AM

    all of you saying the problem in San Diego is the transient military population can just stop with that bs. San Diego county has 3.12 million people and around 95k serve in uniform or 175k if you include their families. That’s hardly enough to move the needle one way or another.

    and if spanos is willing to put up over 500M for the relocation fee, why not invest that in stadium improvements or towards a new stadium. shm.

  26. chargerdillon says: Jan 5, 2016 1:06 AM

    Happy to see them leave.

    I’ll take any franchise owner over the Spanos family.

    The Spanos family will never win a Superbowl with their idiot children at the helm.

  27. latenightroach says: Jan 5, 2016 2:16 AM

    So what does the public get back from a billionaire NFL team owner when their tax dollars help to fund a stadium for him? Do we get cheaper tickets? Nope. Do we get a commission percentage for licensed apparel sales? Nope. What do we get?

    5…4…3…2…1…I can’t think of anything.

  28. tamboafl says: Jan 5, 2016 2:17 AM

    I don’t recall other owners whining when a team relocates close to their market. Did the Eagles or Redskins complain when the Ravens moved to Baltimore. Or the Bears when the Colts relocated to Indy? Or how about the Texans overlapping the Cowboys market? There are other examples but why bother.

    Spanos is insulting the average fan in SD, when he implies that the team cannot succeed without the “25 percent” from the LA market. The SD market (3 million plus) is plenty large enough. What Spanos left out is the real reason for leaving – LA has a lot more corporate money than SD. The “we have to protect our market” when you want to move out of that market (SD) is totally illogical and BS.

  29. itsgettingchippy says: Jan 5, 2016 2:32 AM

    “…when the Rams decided to make their move there, this was a move to protect our business more than anything. And so we find ourselves where we do right now.”

    “It’s really been the inability of the city at the political level to get any kind of public funding or any kind of a vote to have subsidize a stadium. This current process that’s proposed by the mayor, it just runs past the time frames where you need to have an answer and it really puts the burden on the team if you’re not successful in having a positive vote, it’s not because you didn’t try but at the end of the day there may be, and probably most likely would not be, an alternative for the team.”

    Which is it Spanos? A move to protect that 25% or the inability of the city to publicly fund your stadium? Thanks so much for insulting the intelligence of your fans.

  30. lobzila says: Jan 5, 2016 3:01 AM

    This future former Charger fan knew this day would come. I have been a fan of them since I moved here many years ago. The good times and the bad. The Fouts era, the Humphries era, even the Leaf era. Even the Whelihan era. Never should of let Drew Brees walk away even with Rivers waiting in the wing, and who fires a coach that took a team to 14-2? Who does that? I was a fan even through all that. I was only mildly annoyed when you blackmailed the city on buying the tickets you could not sell to avoid local black outs of the games. While you ripped off the city for millions while screaming you need a billion for a stadium, I was still a fan.
    Now your leaving. This Former Charger fan has had enough of you! Pack your bags and go! Just leave the name.

  31. FlintBeastwood says: Jan 5, 2016 4:22 AM

    So done with this team.

    Selling all my memorabilia. Other Chargers fans are so pathetic thinking this isnt a money grab. Pound sand Spanos.

  32. kingpel says: Jan 5, 2016 5:19 AM

    Alienating the 75% in SD to protect the 25% in LA? Not to mention you are willingly losing some of that 25% by partnering with the Raiders. This seems like complete nonsense to me.

  33. kingpel says: Jan 5, 2016 5:24 AM

    Hell. If the Rams get blocked from LA they should just move to SD and become the SoCal Rams

  34. kane337 says: Jan 5, 2016 9:24 AM

    “Over 25 percent of our business comes from Riverside County, Orange County and the Los Angeles County area. And another team or teams going in that area would have a huge impact on that. I think that’s what really was the catalyst that got this whole thing going because when the Rams decided to make their move there, this was a move to protect our business more than anything. And so we find ourselves where we do right now.”

    Bull$hip! The Rams were in Los Angeles for decades when you were in San Diego and the Raiders had about a 13 year run there. That hardly effected your business back then. Didn’t each team this year get a check for around $262 million for revenue sharing? Enough with the lies and trying to manipulate the public to cough up money for your new building. Pay for it yourself or with the help of the rest of the owners.

  35. kfoyo808 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:03 AM

    No franchise QB, as Rivers is headed down. Star player Gates just about done. D nothing. No direction from front office. Not a good coach. Not much to report about…so let’s see how we do in LA. Not a good game plan, Dean-o.

  36. powpow042 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:34 AM

    The super soft media in San Diego needs to share some of this blame. Totally asleep at the wheel, totally late to the party. Truth be told, lots of folks in the sports media will lose their jobs once the Chargers leave town. Tough to see that happen but man alive, the Chargers were going hard at Carson for more than a year before any local media posed a question to Mr. Fabiani.

    It’s also a good window into why San Diego has so many political issues. The news media holds no one accountable because they “need” the access to public officials and don’t want to upset any of the elected’s.

    A lot of blame to go around the room in all of this. The team, the hoteliers and their incredibly powerful Cartel, the mayor and his ridiculous CSAG efforts led by his uber egotistical political consultant. By they way, when is the media going to do a story on that guy and his many deals behind-the-scenes. Another example of the media asleep at the wheel.

    As for the mayor’s “plan?” When you serve fish at the table and your guests are allergic to fish how’s that dinner going to be enjoyed?

  37. liquidchaoss says: Jan 5, 2016 11:45 AM

    NFL/Teams make billions of dollars, yet they require tax payers to foot the bill of stadiums…

  38. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:25 PM

    “It’s really been the inability of the city at the political level to get any kind of public funding or any kind of a vote to subsidize a stadium.”

    Why should the public fund/subsidize a stadium? Isn’t that just corporate welfare? Wouldn’t that make the Chargers a bunch of welfare queens? Why can’t your business pay for your own facilities?

    Attempting to blackmail cities (give us taxpayer money or we’ll leave) will be the undoing of the NFL.

    Btw – nice job shifting blame to Stan Kroenke who wants to move the Rams out of St. Louis on his own dime.

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