Among those not happy about the Chargers moving to Los Angeles is a California Baptist church.
After playing in San Diego since 1961, the Chargers will be back in Los Angeles (where they called home in 1960) for the upcoming season. Not surprisingly, the decision to move hasn’t gone over well in and around the San Diego area. One church used it’s sign to display a message regarding the relocation.
The sign outside of Community Baptist Church in Fallbrook, CA read “God will never forsake you — unlike the Chargers”
The feeling of the team abandoning San Diego is one certainly shared by more than a few in the area. A group of San Diego movers have vowed to not help the franchise in their efforts to change cities. We know how many fans felt. You can see what some did with their old team gear here.
The Chargers are a bit of a punching bag right now for those around San Diego and it will likely be a little while before it dies down.
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It turns out that the San Diego Chargers’ decision to move to Los Angeles is unpopular pretty much everywhere else as well.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, NFL owners and league executives alike are unhappy with the team’s move, with the league office said to be “besides itself,” with the move having been “bungled so bad” that there is a hope that the Chargers may reverse course and return to San Diego. That is viewed as highly unlikely.
“There are a ton of owners very upset that [the Chargers] moved,” one source told Schefter.
It’s probably too late to turn back now, but this bodes poorly for the Los Angeles Chargers. Their move has been rather comical and they’re not being well-received in Los Angeles. There remains healthy skepticism as to whether the city can support two teams so soon after having none. It seems many associated with the league feel that way, too.
It’s safe to say that the fans in Los Angeles have yet to warm up to the Chargers.
The Chargers announced on Thursday that they are moving to Los Angeles despite making their home in San Diego since 1961. Many sports fans were excited to get the Rams back after the city went over two decades without an NFL team, but that excitement quickly wore off after the Rams started losing and worse yet — could hardly score points on offense. So you can imagine how thrilled the fans are to have another losing NFL team move to the city.
During Saturday’s Clippers-Lakers game, the Chargers logo — when shown on the Staples Center scoreboard — was booed.
So was Chargers tight end Jeff Cumberland at first, although the fans later softened after realizing he didn’t do anything wrong.
It’s going to take some time for fans to come around. And if it doesn’t, then the Chargers’ move to LA will not work out. For now, at least they’re listening to public opinion and discarded a widely derided logo they had unveiled.
That Los Angeles Chargers logo that you probably made jokes about on social media is no more.
President of business operations A.G. Spanos said in a statement Saturday that the logo would not be used by the team in any further material, admitting that the backlash caught them off guard.
“The logo that was revealed on Thursday was meant to help launch our brand into the market and supplement — not replace — our official team marks,” Spanos said, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “Clearly, we miscalculated how the logo would be received, and we’ve taken it out of the rotation.
“If we make a mistake, we own it, learn from it, and move on without looking back.”
Spanos said it was possible the team may revisit an L.A.-style logo eventually, this time with fan input.
Even if this logo was only meant to supplement things, we’re guessing the Chargers would have much rather not had to deal with this so soon after announcing their move to Los Angeles. When other pro sports teams start clowning on your logo, though, you don’t have a lot of choices – it’s time to dump it and start over.
Fans on social media went ballistic on Thursday when the Los Angeles Chargers unveiled their new logo, mercilessly taunting the team and expressing outrage over the re-branding. Other pro sports franchises took note, too.
Two of the best tweets we saw poking fun at the new Chargers logo came from NHL teams. First, we had the Tampa Bay Lightning alluding to the fact that the logo looks like a cross between theirs and that of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As if that wasn’t hilarious enough, the Dallas Stars got in on the fun with this creative shot:
Seriously, it’s hard to believe that logo is the best the Chargers could come up with. They obviously hired experts to help them with their re-brand, and they had one of the best logos and uniforms in the NFL last season. They deserve all the Twitter bashing (read some of the best here) that is thrown their way.
The Chargers announced on Thursday that they are moving to Los Angeles, and the fans the team is leaving behind in San Diego are demonstrating how they feel about the decision.
After Dean Spanos shared a letter on Twitter making the move official, fans began showing up at Chargers Park, the team’s now-former training facility, and discarding their old Chargers jerseys and gear. Beware that one of the videos below contains explicit language:
One fan set fire to a Chargers flag and security had to put it out:
Others spoke with the media and expressed how heartbroken they are that their team is leaving.
How the Chargers will fare in Los Angeles remains to be seen, but we already know their new logo is not popular. Anytime a team moves from one city to another, fans are going to be upset.
The Rams are officially going to be sharing a stadium in Los Angeles with the Chargers in two years, and they apparently found out about it the same way the rest of us did — on Twitter.
According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, Chargers officials had yet to contact Rams officials at the time Chargers owner Dean Spanos shared a letter to fans on Twitter announcing the move to LA.
With reports having circulated Wednesday night that the Chargers had decided to move, it’s not like the Rams were blindsided. However, it is still comical that the team felt the need to make a formal announcement on social media before informing its roommate.
The Chargers and Rams are set to share a new $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood starting in the 2019 season. For now, the Chargers should probably worry more about their hideous new logo than anything else.
The Chargers formally announced on Thursday that they are moving to Los Angeles, and unlike the Rams they are not sticking with their old logo.
Let’s just say the new one could use some work.
Shortly after Chargers owner Dean Spanos shared a letter to fans on Twitter, the team unveiled its new logo across all of its social media platforms. The reaction was not positive:
Some folks even took it a step further by creating photoshops of the new Chargers logo. This one may have been the most ruthless:
Like many others, I prefer the “old” Chargers logo. In fact, the San Diego Chargers had one of the better logos in the league and some of the best uniforms. Apparently they are looking for a total re-brand.
The Chargers are reportedly going to be playing their home games in a very interesting venue for the next two seasons. Maybe they won’t sell much merchandise because of it. We can only hope.
The Chargers are officially moving back to Los Angeles.
After reports circulated Wednesday night indicating the team had made its final decision, owner Dean Spanos shared a letter to Chargers fans on a Twitter account that has already been re-branded.
Los Angeles will now have two NFL franchises after going 21 years with none. The Chargers and Rams will share a brand new, $2.6 billion stadium when it opens in 2019. In the meantime, the Rams will continue to play games in the LA Coliseum. The Chargers are reportedly planning to play their home games for the next two seasons in a very surprising venue, though nothing has been made official on that front.
One of the reasons the Chargers were in a hurry to announce their move to Los Angeles was so they can begin competing with the Rams for a market share. Both teams had horrible 2016 seasons, with the Rams having fired head coach Jeff Fisher amid a 4-12 campaign and the Chargers firing coach Mike McCoy for his role in a 5-11 disappointment.
The San Diego Chargers are expected to announce as early as Thursday that they are heading back to Los Angeles. If and when the team does move, attendance could be incredibly low for a couple of years.
No, not because we’re expecting the team to stink.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the Chargers will play in the 30,000-seat StubHub Center for two seasons until the new stadium they will share with the Rams opens in 2019. The StubHub Center is currently home to the LA Galaxy of the MLS.
The Rams are playing in the LA Coliseum for the next two seasons, which has a capacity of up to 90,000 for their home games. While the Rams filled less than 90 percent of the Coliseum for most games, they still drew more than double the 30,000 that the StubHub center holds most weeks.
As Florio puts it, playing in a small stadium will give fans a chance to experience something “unique” in an “intimate environment.” Seeing an NFL team play in a stadium that couldn’t accommodate many college teams will certainly be interesting. On the bright side, the Chargers shouldn’t have to deal with any tricky situations like this while they await the completion of their home in Inglewood.