December 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos with his son John Spanos (left) prior to the game against the Carolina Panther at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

If Chargers Move to Los Angeles, It Won't Be in 2013

It sounds like football in Los Angeles won’t be happening in 2013. That means the Chargers will stay in San Diego for at least one more season. Here is the info from Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback:

That’s the upshot of momentum-less franchise movement talks among the shaky teams — the Raiders and Chargers, most notably — as the new year approaches. In June, commissioner Roger Goodell laid out a scenario whereby a team would be allowed to move to Los Angeles, and a source at the league meetings in Dallas last week told me none of the tenuous teams are close to meeting the requisites. A team wanting to move would have to demonstrate these three conditions:

1. A team has to establish market failure where it now plays.

2. A new stadium deal would have to be in place in Los Angeles with the moving franchise. Four sites — downtown, Chavez Ravine, Carson or City of Industry — are possible landing spots for a relocated franchise.

3. An interim stadium deal — at the Rose Bowl or Coliseum — would have to be in place for the 2013 season and beyond.

As of Thursday, I’m told no team had satisfied any of the three conditions, and none is in serious discussions for a temporary place to play while a new stadium is built. Though the window for satisfying all three conditions is open until Feb. 15, progress has been nil, and it’s now impossible that a team could get all three things done in the next eight weeks. That means we won’t see a resolution on a new team for Los Angeles until early 2014, at the earliest.

The Chargers have been on a downhill slide and have abandoned their fan base by keeping Norv Turner in town. Now the fans want AJ Smith out of town and some crazy fans have already said that the team should just move out of town. Dean Spanos has to satisfy some of the locals this offseason by dumping out some of the trash and restore some of the faith in town. At least the team will be sticking around for a little while longer.

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  • Ignatius

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say ir again, the Chargers won’t move to LA as long as the Spanos’ family likes to own the team because apart from those requisites being described there a few other more that have to be merited in order to call LA their home, one of them involves paying a half-billion fee to the NFL (then divides by 32) as a relocation fee for lost revenue by the rest of the league’s team, sell a sizeable portion to the team to whomever owns the LA Stadium and probably give up the rights of the franchise name and history to the city like the Browns back in the ’90s.

    The Spanos’ family is making good money even if the team is lousy for just doing nothing more that being a member of a very selective club. Every NFL team has recorded a profit since the ’90s and that even after taxes and team payroll. Why would I want to move my business from San Diego where I’m making a killing? maybe a stadium would suffice but LA has the same problems as SD: no taxpayer money available.

    In conclusion, the Chargers have the same chance of being the Tijuana Chargers than LA Chargers just as long as Dean and company don’t decide to sell the team. (Fingers crossed)

    • arnie

      Thank you. money talks, an every thing else run the marathon.

    • veazy

      If the Chargers were to magically move to TJ, I think their fanbase would actually grow.

  • 1961 Fan

    Moving will not solve the eternal problems that plaque the Bolts organization. Once they get the team back on track with intelligent management and coaching then they can think about moving. I do not see the Spanos family (growing up in San Diego) wanting to leave paradise. Who in their right mind would want to go live and work in that hell called Los Angeles. I will always be a Chargers fan, however I do not like the choices they have made in ownership since Baron Hilton sold my Chargers to Gene Klein. My partners and I are planning in dumping a major amount of our season seats in a protest to Dean and the way he has guided the franchise. 2013 could be an interesting year for the Chargers.


    • ChargerGirl Cindi

      I agree, why would LA be better than SD? We are some damn loyal fans.

  • ChargerGirl Cindi

    Boy, the number one factor sure makes me think that my suspicious thoughts were spot on.