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Friday, July 10, 2020

Articles tagged: San Diego Chargers

Dean Spanos says Chargers trying ‘as hard as we can’ for San Diego deal

Dean Spanos

Chargers owner Dean Spanos asserted his desire to get a deal done with San Diego so the team can stay.

The team is pushing for a ballot initiative to secure taxpayer money for a new stadium, and with the team now having a year before they have to make a decision on a Los Angeles move, Spanos says they are working hard to stay where they are.

“Whatever we need to do, we’re going to do what we need to do to get this done,” Spanos said, via Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We’re trying as hard as we can. I can’t do it myself. It’s going to take the effort of the mayor; politically we need support. The business community needs to step up. I think once we have a definitive plan in place they’ll get behind us and support us. It has to economically make sense for the voters, and I think (the business community) will help make that case down the line and they’ll support us.

“Our product on the field will be helpful,” Spanos added. “4-12 isn’t going to help much.”

Is this a case of Spanos seriously wanting to stay in San Diego or just saying all the right things? It’s hard to tell. He does sound optimistic, however, which is something of a change in tone from Spanos.

The Chargers will play in San Diego in 2016, but the future beyond that is hazy. They’ve struggled to gain the support they need for a new stadium, and have a preliminary deal in place to share a stadium in Inglewood with the Rams if they so desire.

Chargers players face backlash after calling for sellouts on Twitter

Melvin Ingram

A pair of Chargers players faced significant backlash for their call to San Diego fans.

Friday night, Melvin Ingram and Keenan Allen both tweeted to fans telling them to show up to games since the team is staying. While well-intentioned, it’s easy to argue that they came off as standoffish. Here’s just a small sampling of fans who felt the same way:

Perhaps these messages were meant to rally the fanbase, but they both come off rather standoffish. The fans noticed, and were very loud and clear in their response: we were there all along, how about you win some games?

So, uh, in short, whoops. Bad idea, guys. This is just a small sampling of the responses that were lobbed their way. Both were quick to clarify their remarks upon seeing the torrent of angry tweets.

The fact of the matter is the Chargers could sell out every game and make the playoffs, but none of it would matter if the team can’t get the deal it wants to build a new stadium in light of the agreement with the Rams.

Chargers’ Keenan Allen, Melvin Ingram urging fans to attend games in San Diego

Melvin Ingram

Some Chargers players are pretty pumped up that the team will be spending the 2016 season in San Diego, and they took to Twitter Friday to urge fans to attend the team’s home games.

Shortly after the news was announced, wide receiver Keenan Allen said to fans the “stadium better be packed.”

Linebacker Melvin Ingram also issued a challenge to get the fans to show up:

It’s obvious why the players would want the fan support at games, but they’re really mistaken about who’s to blame for the issue. It’s mostly about the owner Dean Spanos not wanting to privately fund a stadium in San Diego, which is why he is looking to move. Why would fans pay to support a team owned by a man who’s trying to leave?

Of course, players don’t always see issues that way, and it’s much easier to call out fans than a team owner.

Chargers owner says team will play in San Diego for 2016

Dean Spanos

Chargers owner Dean Spanos announced Friday that the team will remain in San Diego for the 2016 NFL season despite reaching agreement with the Rams on joining them in Inglewood.

“Today I decided our team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season and I hope for the long term in a new stadium,” Spanos announced in a statement.

“I have met with Mayor Faulconer and Supervisor Roberts and I look forward to working closely with them and the business community to resolve our stadium dilemma. We have an option and an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego.”

The Chargers had two options: remain in San Diego for 2016 or join the Rams in the LA Coliseum. It’s just as well for them to play the season in San Diego for continuity purposes rather than move to LA just to be in a temporary home. But let’s be realistic: Spanos wants out of San Diego long term. He’ll be moving the team to LA when the Inglewood site is ready. This is probably his strategy to keep fans in SD optimistic so that they actually pay to attend games this season.

Rams, Chargers have preliminary Inglewood stadium deal

Inglewood NFL stadium

The Los Angeles Rams have reached a deal in principle with the Chargers over the parameters of a stadium-sharing agreement in Inglewood, according to a report.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday that the two sides have a deal which would clear the way for the Chargers to move to Los Angeles if they wish to do so.

The agreement doesn’t mean a move is definitely happening immediately, or even at all. The Chargers could defer the move to the 2017 season and continue to explore solutions in San Diego, which it sounds like they currently plan to do. As CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora noted, the ball is now in Chargers owner Dean Spanos’s court, and he has several options as to what his next move will be.

Things came together fairly quickly once the Rams’ move was approved, with the two sides having already been reportedly close to an agreement two weeks ago.

Did Chargers tip move to Los Angeles with social media change?

Chargers logo

The Chargers are in talks with the Rams about a potential move from San Diego to Los Angeles, and a social media change the organization made may have tipped their plans.

On Tuesday, the Chargers changed their Snapchat logo from one that mentions “San Diego” to one that does not. Observe:

That Snapchat logo (also known as a Snapcode) is used as the profile photo for the Chargers’ Twitter and Facebook profiles as well.

The man who made the change said on Twitter that it was unrelated to any news and that he simply preferred the look:

The Chargers have a year to decide whether they will join the Rams in Los Angeles. If they decline the opportunity to do so, the Raiders would have the chance to negotiate. If the Chargers decide to move to LA, they also have to determine whether they would remain in San Diego for another year or play the 2016 season at the Coliseum, which is what the Rams will be doing while their stadium is under construction.

A report on Monday said the Rams and Chargers had come to an impasse in their talks. The NFL has a March 23 deadline for the Chargers to inform them of their plans for the upcoming season.

H/T Bolt Beat

Philip Rivers would be ‘nauseated’ if Raiders moved to San Diego


The Rams are moving to Los Angeles, and now we are waiting to find out which team will be joining them. The Chargers will have the first shot at it, with the Raiders having withdrawn their application. Oakland, however, can jump back in if the Chargers decide to stay in San Diego and build a new stadium.

There’s also a chance — a very, very slim one — that the Chargers could move to L.A. along with the Rams and the Raiders could relocate to San Diego. If that ever happened, Philip Rivers tells Darren Smith of Mighty 1090 AM that he might lose his lunch.

“That one can get me a little nauseated, to be honest with you,” Rivers said when asked about the possibility of the Raiders moving to San Diego. “The thought of that one is a little sickening. That one’s hard to stomach. It’s hard enough thinking about moving. … The thought of the Raiders being here and us not might be tougher than all the rest. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that.”

Again, that scenario is highly unlikely. Rivers spoke about how much the city of San Diego has meant to him during his 12-year career, and he has a better chance of staying where he is than the Raiders infiltrating his town.

If this report is true, the Chargers are heading to L.A. That will leave the Raiders fighting for a new stadium in Oakland, where they have a pretty rabid fanbase. Moving to San Diego would make little sense.