Chargers owner Alex Spanos dies at 95

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Alex Spanos, who bought the San Diego Chargers in 1984 and has owned the team with his family since, has died at the age of 95.

“Alex was the embodiment of the American dream and leaves behind a legacy of passion and hard work,” the team said in a statement. “Born the son of Greek immigrants in 1923, Alex’s tireless work ethic and fearlessness was instilled in him when at only eight years old, he began working in his father’s bakery before and after school. A tough upbringing coupled with the unshakeable belief that he could accomplish anything he set his mind to drove him to succeed and overcome countless obstacles.”

The Spanos name became controversial in San Diego when the Chargers began mulling a move, which culminated in the team heading north to Los Angeles last season.

Alex’s son Dean Spanos has run the team for years and remains the team’s chairman and controlling owner. Alex’s grandsons A.G. Spanos and John Spanos run the team on a day-to-day basis, with A.G. overseeing business and John overseeing football operations.

21 responses to “Chargers owner Alex Spanos dies at 95

  1. As a former Charger fan, I am sorely tempted to unleash the torrent of animosity I feel toward this man and his family, but I’m worried that he’ll haunt me.
    How did Cleveland deal with Modell’s Death?

  2. RIP Alex I know if u were the one at the helm you wouldnt have moved the team and would have had a more proffesional demeanor in trying to get the new stadium built in San Diego where the Chargers belong.What Dean has done is a disgrace to his fathers legacy with the team.Alex would have handled the stadium situation in a much better way.

  3. That’s the American dream right there. The son of immigrants rises to form an empire, buys a sports team, and rips it out from the heart of the community.

  4. The Spanos name was controversial LONG before the move out of SD

    Since I can’t think of anything nice to say about the man, I will simply leave the comment at that

  5. lurkerkerker says:
    October 9, 2018 at 10:58 am
    As a former Charger fan, I am sorely tempted to unleash the torrent of animosity I feel toward this man and his family, but I’m worried that he’ll haunt me.
    How did Cleveland deal with Modell’s Death?

    Yeah as a Cleveland fan for 40 years, I’ll be honest and say no love lost. Like…none.

    Then we realized it’s a freaking game. And that was a human life. And I personally got over it.

    RIP Spanos. Don’t have to agree with all your decisions but respect the fact that chose to make them. That after all, is human.

  6. Alex built a empire and along the way, ONE of he’s many INVESTMENTS became the San Diego. Not sure how dedicated he was to the city of San Diego because the stadium issue dragged on for over 25 years. His story is very intresting because he was a self-made millionare.

  7. lurkerkerker says:
    October 9, 2018 at 10:58 am
    As a former Charger fan, I am sorely tempted to unleash the torrent of animosity I feel toward this man and his family, but I’m worried that he’ll haunt me.
    How did Cleveland deal with Modell’s Death
    ————
    I get tired of hearing “fans” in San Diego bash the management for moving the Chargers to LA. If everyone was such a super fan of your team why was there always so many empty seats the last half of the season? Back when the NFL had the black out rule the Chargers fanbase almost made sure every Sunday the only way to watch the Chargers was either go to the stadium or have NFL Sunday ticket because they would NEVER sell out a game. Compare that to other AFC West teams like KC, Denver and even Oakland it didn’t matter how bad the team was they always sold out. It’s time to stop giving all the blame for the move to the Spanos family and for the people of San Diego to accept responsibility.

  8. He had alzheimers. So now if he is able to understand what is going on with his team, then he is looking down seeing that his family destroyed his good name. Alex never would have moved the team from San Diego. RIP.

  9. “If everyone was such a super fan of your team why was there always so many empty seats the last half of the season?”
    ______________

    No doubt part of it was that Qualcomm Stadium was among the absolute worst in the league for at least 2 decades. The Chargers wouldn’t invest anything in upkeep nor would the city. Teams and fans both hated the place.

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