After all of the rumors about whether or not the Chargers would stay in San Diego or relocate to Los Angeles, it looks like we may finally have the answer.
Unfortunately, it’s not the answer Chargers fans were hoping for. According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the Chargers plan on moving to L.A.
A stunner: Chargers plan to announce as early as Thursday they are moving to LA, ending 55-year stint with SD, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2017
Trying to think of anybody who wins as a result of this Chargers move.
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) January 12, 2017
According to ESPN’s report, owner Dean Spanos did not send a formal relocation letter and nothing was final. Spanos reportedly did inform NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other owners of his intent to move north to L.A..
Nothing is official yet, but Spanos has called for a staff meeting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, per San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken.
There was some optimism going forward after there were reports of the NFL trying to keep the Chargers in San Diego, saying it was “salvageable.” But after failing to get a deal done over the last 15 years, which included a recent attempt with “Measure C,” it might be the end of an era.
If they do indeed move, will they rebrand? Where exactly will the team play? Will they have any fan base left after the way they handled things? ESPN’s Eric Williams answers some of those questions and more.
America’s Finest City is going to look a lot different without the Chargers.