I don’t believe that the decision was ‘extremely difficult’. It was a cold, calculated move last January to secure the rights to go to L.A. before committing to a public vote here – and both were announced the same day.
Spanos insisted on a downtown stadium, which was pie in the sky. If he really wanted to stay, then he would have been working on a new stadium at the current site, which is a much better location with excellent freeway and trolley access.
They will be lucky to sell out the 27,000-seat StubHub Center next year.
I feel sorry for the players – they don’t get a vote.
But hey, we’ll get more Mission Valley condos when they tear down the Murph!
Why feel sorry for the players? They still get their millions, no matter where they end up playing. It’s the fans who really got screwed. Fortunately, though, San Diego taxpayers will not.
64% of the Chargers players made less than a million this year, and the team will be practicing somewhere in the LA/OC area – probably the OC. Are they going to drive there every day? Get a rental? Move there permanently? Whatever the choice, it’s tough on the families. But yes, at least the dough will help to compensate.
Kudos to the voters for not getting sucked into another debacle – the rent guarantee was bad enough.
We’ll get another team.
San Diego will not get another team. The NFL tipped their hand recently when the Chargers were not playing at 1 PM and San Diego viewers were forced to watch a game in another state because the Rams did not sell out the Coliseum. This tells me the NFL views all of SoCal as the LA viewing market.
Frankly, who cares?
The independent studies have conclusively shown that publicly financed NFL projects are a detriment to the local economy and only enrich the owners. And Spanos can’t afford to build his own stadium.
I still think the Chargers will be playing in San Diego next year and this is all just posturing by Spanos et al. The other 31 owners will decide what is in THEIR best interests. Spanos is not well respected by the other owners and they view him as a dope.
The current environment doesn’t support a new team here, but it will be a lucrative option for somebody over the next 5-15 years.
Maybe an expansion team? In Carlsbad!
“Maybe an expansion team? In Carlsbad!”
and it looks like the City of Carlsbad is preparing to provide housing for these new citizens:
LA goes from zero teams to 2 teams!! They couldn’t support one team – see LA Rams and LA Raiders. It truly is LALAA Land.