Chargers, Rams both lose over stadium delay

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The new stadium in Inglewood, California to be shared by the Chargers and Rams won’t open until 2020, due to rain-induced construction delays. The biggest loser is the proprietor of the property, since the delay will keep Rams owner Stan Kroenke from getting any return on the $2.6 billion investment (from Rams games, Chargers games, and other events) by a full year.

The two teams that play there will lose, too. As noted by Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times (via SportsBusiness Daily), the Rams may decide to delay the debut of their new uniforms by a year, coinciding with the opening of the stadium. Instead, the Rams may wear blue helmets with white horns but their current blue, white, and gold jerseys and pants not just for the next two years but for the next three. As noted by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (via SportsBusiness Daily), the Rams also will be required to host an international game in 2019, under the rule that every team playing in a temporary stadium must play a home game internationally.

This rule will apply to the Chargers, too. They escaped hosting an international game in 2017 because the teams were picked before the Chargers left San Diego for the 30,000-seat StubHub Center. They’ll have to host games in 2018 and 2019 in London or elsewhere.

The Chargers, while at their temporary L.A. home, will have little or no home-field advantage for three years instead of two — and they’ll have the diminished revenue that comes from not having a full complement of seats and suites. And there’s now an enhanced chance that franchise quarterback Philip Rivers will never play in the new venue at all.

The league potentially loses, too, if it decides to waive the two-season requirement before a stadium hosts a Super Bowl — and if any glitches or problems with the stadium during its first year linger into February and diminish the Super Bowl experience. Which is why the NFL has crafted a rule requiring a venue to be in operation for two full years before hosting a Super Bowl.

So Thursday was a day of bad news all around in L.A., with the end result being that the primary reason for the relocation of both teams won’t be available to be utilized by anyone for a full year longer than previously expected.

19 responses to “Chargers, Rams both lose over stadium delay

  1. Smokescreen!!

    Chargers are well behind and not able to sell the psl’s like rams have.nfl is in panoc mode because chargers will be playing in a new 100kstadium with less than half the seats full.it wont look good.chargers will end up back in san diego leaving LA just like it did in after 1960.

  2. With both team abandoning their fan bases to go chase Hollywood dollars – I honestly hope this stadium slides into a sink hole the day after it’s completed – with nobody inside the gates, of course….

  3. Yet again, Spanos finds a way to mess things up.

    I hope Rivers can stand up one day, and discuss how he was done dirty by this dude and his family of fools running the team now.

    Good riddance.

  4. Football fans in LA are the real losers being saddled with two crap can franchises in their market.

    Say what you want, but the LA market is a Raider market. Wait till the Chargers ‘host’ the Raiders this year if you have any doubt.

  5. Silent Stan ( aka Walmart Moneybags) could care less
    about one years revenue. His sports franchises are know for poor performance, unhappy fans, and piss
    poor management. Kroenke cares only about the long
    term financial growth of the franchise itself not whether they win or put forth a watchable product.

  6. I’ve said for years, CA just isn’t a good market for pro football, this does nothing to change my mind. I’m on the record as saying 15 years and CA will be down to only the 9ers in the state and within 20-25 years there won’t be a pro football team anywhere in the state. The state and every major city is teetering on bankruptcy, and it’s been decades since any team in the state sold out home games for a season, and quite honestly between Oaktown’s mess of a stadium, Candlestick, the Murph and the Mausoleum err, colosseum, there probably aren’t 4 worse venues to watch anything in all of North America! it’s any wonder the state has pro football at all now with the pathetic track record CA has with pro football.

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