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Report: Chargers plan to accept L.A. deal, share stadium with Rams

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass against Oakland Raiders in the first quarter of their NFL football game at O.co Coliseum on December 24, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

We already know the Rams are returning to Los Angeles, and it’s looking like the Chargers will as well.

Alex Flanagan of NBC Sports and NFL Network reports that the framework of a deal that would allow the Rams and Chargers to share a stadium is now in place, and that barring anything unforeseen, the Chargers will accept the deal and move to Los Angeles as well.

The Chargers were hoping to get the approval of their fellow owners for their own plan to move to Los Angeles yesterday. Instead, the owners approved the Rams’ plan, but said that the Chargers would have the option of joining with the Rams. It appears that after a day to think about it, the Chargers have decided to accept that arrangement.

It’s unclear whether the Chargers will move to a temporary home in Los Angeles in 2016, as the Rams plan to do, or if the Chargers could stay in San Diego this year. But it sounds like when the new Los Angeles stadium opens in 2019, it will be the home of both the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers.

UPDATE 6:43 p.m.: The Chargers have denied that anything is imminent.

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76 Responses to “Report: Chargers plan to accept L.A. deal, share stadium with Rams”
  1. headwoundharry says: Jan 13, 2016 6:15 PM

    And off into the night shuffle the Raiders with only a tarp over their shoulders to thwart the chill.

  2. bmoreb says: Jan 13, 2016 6:15 PM

    Mark Cuban was sooooooooooo right.

  3. jekkerbirrus says: Jan 13, 2016 6:17 PM

    I don’t see how being the ugly stepchild and paying $550 million plus a share of the stadium cost is a good deal for the Spanos’. But again, I am not the trust fund baby who inherited the team from his daddy. What do I know?

  4. mataug says: Jan 13, 2016 6:17 PM

    It’s unclear whether the Chargers will move to a temporary home in Los Angeles in 2016, as the Rams plan to do, or if the Chargers could stay in San Diego this year.
    If I am living in San Diego, why would I spend a single penny for option #2 ? The roster isn’t great & the team keeps losing and now I know they are definitely leaving!

  5. 3menandablog says: Jan 13, 2016 6:17 PM

    Archie Manning was sooooooooooo right

  6. bmack1224 says: Jan 13, 2016 6:17 PM

    Why?? Don’t Nobody want the chargers in Inglewood.. They Got NO Fan Base. We good with the Rams That’s It!!

  7. jjfootball says: Jan 13, 2016 6:18 PM

    BAD MOVE FOR THE CHARGERS, THEY HAVE NO FAN BASE IN LA, AND ARE DOOMED FOR FAILURE THERE.

  8. jekkerbirrus says: Jan 13, 2016 6:18 PM

    Raiders will be all over the San Diego market. And with the Raiders come all those fans from Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire that dingleberry Dean Spanos will be looking to get. Good luck Dean.

  9. dtp15 says: Jan 13, 2016 6:19 PM

    what a joke. just move everything to LA and call it a day.

  10. kevpft says: Jan 13, 2016 6:20 PM

    This makes no fans meaningfully happier and a whole city of fans sadder.

    The league’s goal was satisfied with the Rams moving to L.A. This doesn’t really help much of anything, but hurts a long-time NFL market.

  11. jjfootball says: Jan 13, 2016 6:20 PM

    LOVE MY TEAM, BUT HATE THE NFL!

  12. reptar310 says: Jan 13, 2016 6:21 PM

    LA got a stadium with no public funding, sucks to be San Diego

  13. jjfootball says: Jan 13, 2016 6:22 PM

    WANT TO WIN IN TODAYS NFL ? YOU BETTER BE A BILLIONAIRE!

  14. padresad says: Jan 13, 2016 6:23 PM

    Please leave Dean! You are not wanted here!

    -Long time suffering SD Sports Fan

  15. sbdt says: Jan 13, 2016 6:24 PM

    This is going to be an unmitigated disaster. People here in L.A. barely care about the Dodgers, the Lakers, the Clippers, and the Kings. Just wait until there are 2 NFL teams to be apathetic about. I wish everyone would stay put.

  16. jojopuppyfish says: Jan 13, 2016 6:25 PM

    Inglewood Rams

  17. jekkerbirrus says: Jan 13, 2016 6:27 PM

    Its possible the Chargers have agreed to a deal with the Rams, but its more likely that agreement effective if the Chargers don’t get a deal done in San Diego. I find it unbelievable the Chargers would so quickly agree to a deal they supposed hated one week ago in less than a day. More likely they will now see what they can get done in San Diego.

  18. ttommytom says: Jan 13, 2016 6:27 PM

    NY Jets West.

    Red headed step child of L.A.

  19. 3menandablog says: Jan 13, 2016 6:28 PM

    What a dumb move. The NFL needs to intervene. Dean Spanos is not a self made billionaire. He’s a complete putz who inherited the team. He makes AWFUL decisions constantly. This will be a disaster in LA. That family has produced 7 playoff wins in 32 seasons. LA is excited about the Rams. Don’t care for the Chargers. This is a joke.

  20. vipod4ever says: Jan 13, 2016 6:29 PM

    There you go…said the team that stays in their home market will win the LA sweepstakes.

    Raiders will build it in the Bay Area and reap the rewards of their fan base.

  21. drlightning says: Jan 13, 2016 6:29 PM

    I think Spanos just rose to the most hated owner. Unwanted in SD and unwanted in LA

  22. spiffybiff says: Jan 13, 2016 6:29 PM

    Raiders can’t go to San Diego. League doesn’t want 2 teams in so cal. It’s either Oakland or San Antonio now and the latter is making a whole lot of sense

  23. denverdave3 says: Jan 13, 2016 6:30 PM

    The Ram Chargers

  24. honolulublue says: Jan 13, 2016 6:30 PM

    Inglewood Jack!

  25. mrplow3 says: Jan 13, 2016 6:31 PM

    So let me see if I understand this. Los Angeles, a city with a horrid history for never supporting its pro football teams now just got 2?

    What could possibly go wrong…

  26. dogfromduckhunt says: Jan 13, 2016 6:33 PM

    Well the NFL got money and lost fans.

    We know whats more important to them.

    It’s a cartel.

  27. titans4evr says: Jan 13, 2016 6:35 PM

    Open up a two team league and call it the LAFL.

  28. jsa5205mvp says: Jan 13, 2016 6:36 PM

    Please just don’t name them the Los Angeles Chargers of San Diego like that MLB team

  29. monkeesfan says: Jan 13, 2016 6:37 PM

    Boy, the Rams and Chargers keep making my predictions go wrong. And yet it won’t do them any good – LA has no audience for football or sports in general, and this Inglewood stadium I still doubt will ever get built, between inevitable cost overruns and eventual realization the audience for a team in LA will never develop.

  30. realdealsteel says: Jan 13, 2016 6:38 PM

    Chargers burned too many bridges with San Diego to go back. They should have ponied up and built their own stadium in San Diego. People would have came.

    Something tells me that this is going to be a disaster for the Chargers. L.A. will be a Rams town; Never a Charger town.

  31. chawk12thman says: Jan 13, 2016 6:41 PM

    Didn’t Dean say last night that he was going to rest today and not think about options or make any decisions? I can’t believe he would lie and go ahead with any plans……:)

  32. pastabelly says: Jan 13, 2016 6:42 PM

    Spanos is confusing his situation with the Clippers who moved from San Diego to LA to share Staples Center and franchise value skyrocketed. This is different with UCLA and USC football as competition.

  33. xpensivewinos says: Jan 13, 2016 6:42 PM

    If the Chargers could get 100 mil from the NFL towards a new stadium, maybe Spanos and the NFL can get Kroenke to chip in a little something as well. That amount, in addition to the 550 million the Chargers wouldn’t be spending in relocation fees (plus whatever amount the Chargers were actually willing to spend in partnership with the city to build a stadium in San Diego), would more than pay for a new place.

    …………and San Diego taxpayers (or visitors) don’t have to subsidize a billionaire or the multi-billion dollar NFL.

  34. davejsepdx says: Jan 13, 2016 6:44 PM

    Spanos may be dumb as a bag of rocks, but no way he’s going to go be a tenant in someone else’s stadium. And Kroenke is paying to build that thing, so no way he’s letting someone else co-occupy it unless they sign the most laughable contract in history.

  35. immafubared says: Jan 13, 2016 6:47 PM

    I can understand why. What’s in it for the Chargers to go back to the City and start the pissing contest all over with.
    I blame the cities. We went through this in Minny for 5 years before an agreement.
    The cities cry right away, no can do, we only have peanuts, its on you, the citizens don’t want to pay for it and then when the owners throw arms in the air, the pol’s try and blame them for being greedy.
    Hey if I’m a billionaire owner and your telling me to foot the bill, that is my ticket to move wherever, adios sucker, thanks for the no help.
    Now the Mayor is crying they didn’t talk to him. Really? Hasn’t the issue of a delapitadated stadium been around the block a while?

  36. 4spaming says: Jan 13, 2016 6:47 PM

    If the Chargers stayed in SD and Oakland had the option to move to LA. This deal implies that the NFL is OK with 3 teams in So Cal.
    If Raiders do move to SD.
    This would hurt SD attendance numbers. However, given that the TV payout covers 90% of the teams costs. Spanos is eyeing the team appreciation gain so that he can sell 49% of the team to pay off the death taxes once Alex passes away.

  37. chawk12thman says: Jan 13, 2016 6:47 PM

    jekkerbirrus says: Jan 13, 2016 6:27 PM
    Its….. more likely that agreement effective if the Chargers don’t get a deal done in San Diego……. they will now see what they can get done in San Diego…….

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Spot on. They agree in principle and leverage SD to give up more to remain……

  38. whereyaat says: Jan 13, 2016 6:50 PM

    Of course there are Chargers’ fans in LA. I know a bunch. There are a ton in Ventura County, LA County, and OC.

    The only people who say “there are no Chargers fans in LA” are dolts that do not live in the LA area.

  39. immafubared says: Jan 13, 2016 6:51 PM

    If the tax payers do not want to subsidize a stadium, and many don’t, then its up to the pol’s to figure out how to come up with the money. Here is minny they raised hotel taxes, taxes on this taxes on that but no property taxes or direct taxes on the people.
    There is a way to do this but it takes incentives and people to come up with the ideas for raising money. Looks like San Diego failed to attempt any of this.

  40. powpow042 says: Jan 13, 2016 6:53 PM

    Brian Williams is behind this report.

  41. richdogg231 says: Jan 13, 2016 6:57 PM

    The math just doesn’t work out for me. $550 million relocation fee. Plus half the construction costs to basically be the Clippers of the NFL. Maybe Spanos knows he has no choice now after his scorched Earth campaign in San Diego.

  42. borbinski says: Jan 13, 2016 7:03 PM

    rams and chargers – sponsored by Dodge

  43. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 13, 2016 7:04 PM

    All they need to do now is sell the stadium naming right to Dodge – Home of the Dodge Chargers and Dodge Rams…

  44. mackcarrington says: Jan 13, 2016 7:08 PM

    “Spanos is confusing his situation with the Clippers who moved from San Diego to LA to share Staples Center… ”
    —————
    The Clippers didn’t move from San Diego directly to the Staples Center. They spent nearly 20 years in the LA Sports Arena. Your ignorance, and that of those saying that no one in LA cares about the sports teams that are here, is extremely profound.

  45. realfootballfan says: Jan 13, 2016 7:10 PM

    No, we want to make some taxpayers pay for it instead of being a tenant in a building we’re not helping to pay to build. Is this clown serious? The Inglewood project has always made more sense because Croenke is paying for it all with all of his own money. That’s better than anything else anybody else has to bring to the table including public money. These owners should be ashamed to even bring public money up in relation to these teams. It’s kind of absurd. If you want to be in the club, pay the cost to be the boss. Otherwise, shut up and get in where you fit in.

  46. spc7ray says: Jan 13, 2016 7:14 PM

    Chargers need to stay in San Diego–They wont go nowhere in LA and Sand Diego will support them–The Raiders need to move–Maybe to St Louis

  47. lapd20036 says: Jan 13, 2016 7:14 PM

    Both teams stink. Why would we want them here in L.A.? Then, it means that when we watch football on TV, we have to watch two crappy teams instead of the better games of the weekend? Phooey!

  48. rocoop says: Jan 13, 2016 7:17 PM

    Chargers will be a co-owner with the stadium.Not a tenant..Kroenke will control everything else…

  49. bondlake says: Jan 13, 2016 7:26 PM

    San Diego is often referred to as “America’s Finest City.”

    It will be even better now that these money-sucking parasites associated with the NFL get the Hell out of town.

    Enjoy the smog!

  50. psubeerman21 says: Jan 13, 2016 7:31 PM

    Please everyone, IT ISNT ABOUT A FAN BASE. the league doesn’t care about that. They care about a brand new state of the art stadium in the second largest TV market and massive relocation fees. The money from the stadiums themselves are not shared by the league, it is the individual owners that worry about that. And isn’t this what everyone wanted? The owner is using his own money to build a stadium. No public money. If an owner will do that, choosing where to do it should be his right

  51. @Cereal_5 says: Jan 13, 2016 7:33 PM

    Football is so great but the NFL is disgusting

  52. newenglandcheetahs says: Jan 13, 2016 7:40 PM

    Check this out – I’m a Chargers fan this year, but next year I am now a San Diego Raiders fan rooting against the LA Chargers who I hate now but loved for 50 years. I now root for the team I have hated for 50 years. Trippy.

  53. irishenvy says: Jan 13, 2016 7:43 PM

    The Chargers? …I think I need to go #2 now

  54. Micah Orloff says: Jan 13, 2016 7:48 PM

    This is just a media leak/denial strategy made by the chargers to reaffirm to the city of SD that just because plan A in LA didn’t work doesn’t mean they are gonna let the city gain any leverage in negotiating in SD.

  55. Sinuous Sausage says: Jan 13, 2016 7:56 PM

    This deal leaves me chuffed as a Broncos fan. I’m glad the AFC West stays intact.

    I’m curious what the Raiders do. Four teams seem like overkill in California. San Antonio has been bandied about as a potential suitor should nothing materialize in the Bay Area and I think it makes good sense. This would be the third team in football-crazy Texas, which will pass California as the most populous state in the next twenty years or so. San Antonio is also wide open in terms of competition since the Spurs are the only professional outfit in town. It’s also heavily Hispanic and for some reason the Raiders seem to appeal to Hispanics as a group (anecdotal evidence from over the years).

    But then there’s the matter of Jerrah’s machinations, which we saw in action for this Inglewood deal.

  56. EJ says: Jan 13, 2016 7:58 PM

    This is going to be another blunder by the NFL… NFL teams do not survive in LA… there is just not enough fans to support a team, never less two teams!

  57. bucfaninil says: Jan 13, 2016 8:02 PM

    2 more teams to fail another LA NFL Experiment! Bright ideas!

  58. racerx68 says: Jan 13, 2016 8:08 PM

    They pretty much have to leave San Diego because “Deano” burnt all the bridges behind him on his was to the owners meeting.

    Buh-bye Deano. Have fun being an “oh-by-the-way” team in LA. I’ll miss the players and I’ll also feel sorry for them but I won’t miss you and your whiny ways…

  59. racerx68 says: Jan 13, 2016 8:09 PM

    BTW – San Antonio Chargers sounds a lot better than LA Chargers…

  60. realfootballfan says: Jan 13, 2016 8:23 PM

    And for the people with the tired “LA won’t support a team” talking point. People sell out here in Phoenix, and it’s a smaller, more fickle town than LA because the stadium is nice and now they have a winning team. There are 30 million people in greater LA. They’ll be fine getting people to the stadium 8 times a year. The reason people didn’t love going to see the Raiders and Rams before (although both still have strong fan bases there if you’ve been to LA) is because they both played in dumps. The Raiders were in the middle of South Central LA at USC’s outdated Coliseum for Christ sake. Do you think you’d want to be going down there with gang bangers and other vagrants hanging around before you go into the stadium? It’s the same complaint I hear with Sun Life in Miami. The people don’t like where it is way out in the middle of nowhere. This Inglewood stadium being built by a guy who just happens to specialize in real estate development sounds like someone with their i’s dotted ant t’s crossed. It will be a hit.

  61. scoocha says: Jan 13, 2016 8:29 PM

    UPDATE: The Chargers have denied that anything is imminent.
    MEANING: Probably moving.

  62. scoocha says: Jan 13, 2016 8:30 PM

    Ferguson Raiders?

  63. atrain413 says: Jan 13, 2016 8:46 PM

    So why dont the chargers move to san antonio?

  64. ggreen657 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:02 PM

    If you don’t have a home field that gives you a huge advantage like the Patriots or Packers or Broncos….etc. you will never be successful.

  65. jssebastian2014 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:28 PM

    London Raiders?

  66. d1l2g3 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:37 PM

    One thing is for sure, there will be bad football in LA next season.

  67. trubroncfan07 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:39 PM

    SD does deserve a team, it’s the AFC West Teams specifically Denver and Oakland’s extra home game in Diego every year, and not just this year. They don’t deserve team. Just eliminate the Chokers all together. Nobody supports them.

  68. sdelmonte says: Jan 13, 2016 9:46 PM

    Can the LA Mausoleum handle two NFL teams and the Trojans for three years? Would the Chargers have to look to the Rose Bowl? Will either team ever manage a sellout in those oversized stadiums?

  69. adrianbeatason says: Jan 13, 2016 10:18 PM

    Can we move the disgusting amount of California teams into one division so they can fight against each other?

  70. phluffyclouds says: Jan 14, 2016 1:08 AM

    It’s funny how people say LA will “never” be a Chargers town.
    If they win, that’s all it takes.

    If the LA Chargers can build a “winner” (unlikely) then LA will become a Chargers town overnight.

  71. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 14, 2016 1:15 AM

    ……the west coast has its problems…..thank goodness the eagles …ravens and redskins dont have to all share a stadium.

  72. jgedgar70 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:19 AM

    All the talk about the people not supporting previous LA teams… Here’s the fact. If the teams are good, the stadium will be full. If the teams suck, the stadium will still be full because the season-ticket holders will sell their tickets to the fans of the visiting teams. That’s the way it works everywhere.

  73. garbageman1 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:22 AM

    Funny when people say Raiders to San Diego, gotta be a public vote for a stadium and the last poll to build one for the Chargers had less than 50% voting to approve and that’s the hometown team! How do you think the Raiders are going to get tax$$ in a City that hates them? Tax payers are not wanting to pay the freight$$ on these things anymore particularly in Cali! And no way Jerry Jones or McNair let Retard Mark park the Raiders in Texas! You just witnessed the power of real $$ and how it gets its way, better get an investor Mark and build your house in Oakland !!!

  74. jcdurden88 says: Jan 14, 2016 7:16 PM

    Oakland Raiders
    LA Rams
    San Diego Chargers

    that’s sounds about right

  75. desertviking64 says: Jan 15, 2016 6:31 PM

    If the Chargers do move, I think it would be wise to call them the SoCal Chargers, They would still represent the San Diego area. Not that far of a drive to LA. Not like they are moving across country like the Rams.

  76. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 19, 2016 12:31 PM

    O/U 10 years: when the Rams and Chargers WILL BE MOVING OUT OF LOS ANGELES.

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