The Chargers are still the San Diego Chargers. But they may become the Los Angeles Chargers in a year.
Owner Dean Spanos announced today that the team is staying in San Diego this year, but he also announced that an agreement has been reached with the Los Angeles Rams that would allow the teams to share an L.A. stadium if a new deal can’t be reached for the Chargers to remain in San Diego beyond 2016.
“Today I decided our team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season and I hope for the long term in a new stadium,” Spanos said in a statement. “We have an option and an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego.”
Spanos said his preference would be to remain in San Diego, but only if the city agrees to a stadium deal that the team finds acceptable.
“This has been our home for 55 years, and I want to keep the team here and provide the world-class stadium experience you deserve,” Spanos said. “Everyone on both sides of the table in San Diego must now determine the best next steps and how to deploy the additional resources provided by the NFL.”
So the San Diego Chargers remain for one year. And perhaps only one year.