The San Diego Chargers have signed a deal with the Wasserman Media Group to market the team in Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The annual whispers of a team moving to the NFL franchise vacuum known as Los Angeles are slowly turning into roars.
On the face of it, the deal makes complete sense. Going on fifteen years since the Rams and Raiders bailed, Los Angeles is a huge football market that needs to be tapped. Making the Chargers a total southern California presence is a phenomenal and quite lucrative opportunity.
However, when you look at the stadium stalemate for the Chargers and investors foaming at the mouth to get a team anywhere inside LA County, this could be a harbinger of doom for San Diego faithful.
Is this a chess move to get the city scrambling for funds to build that mammoth 21st century super sponsored stadium? Or could the Bolts really be closing up shop and heading up the I-5?
Notes the LA Times:
Beginning on Super Bowl Sunday — of all days — the Chargers will have a three-month window in which to relocate. And, under the team’s current lease terms with the city of San Diego, that window will reopen every year from this point forward. The city cannot sue the Chargers or the NFL to block a move, provided it is paid a $56-million lease-termination fee that will decrease over time.
Hey, the Cardinals are in the Super Bowl. It’s official… anything is possible.
The City of San Diego must make a deal with the Chargers to get a stadium deal in order, and quick. The more feet dragging in SD the sweeter the deal will be in LA.