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Rams Can Move Back to L.A.: What about Chargers?!

 

Last updated 1/13/2016 at 2:41pm



Okay, it’s settled...sort of. With the NFL owners voting 30-2, the St. Louis Rams can move back to the second largest media market in the country, Los Angeles -- Inglewood to be exact -- and begin play in the 2019-20 season. It’s been a long time since Los Angeles had a football franchise, if one thinks late in the previous century is a long time ago.

But what about the San Diego Chargers? They have a one-year “option” to decide if they want to stay in San Diego or move. But one NFL Media insider, Ian Rapoport, says the Chargers have only up until the March 20-23 owners meetings to decide if they will play in either San Diego or Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, San Diegans will vote in June (that’s 2-3 months later than the late-March owners meeting by my math) whether or not $350 million dollars of public funds will be raised to finance a new stadium to replace Qualcomm.

In short, the Chargers might stay in San Diego if the public foots the bill for a new stadium, but it would be a moot point if the Chargers would rather play in Inglewood. Logically, they will wait for the city-wide vote in San Diego and then decide, but what about that March owners meeting deadline?

"I will be working over the next several weeks to explore these options that we have now created for ourselves to determine the best path forward for the Chargers," said Chargers owner Dean Spanos.

Another option is a deal between the Chargers and the Raiders to share a facility in Carson, California...wait, that’s too much information!

Stay tuned.

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