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Chargers will stay in San Diego next season

Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:49 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Assuming there is an NFL season next year, the Chargers will remain right where they’ve been since 1961 – in San Diego. At least for one more season.

As the San Diego Union Tribune writes today, the team has informed the city that it won’t trigger the termination clause in its Qualcomm Stadium lease for 2011.

But as the organization continues to work on getting a downtown stadium built, it’s also not guaranteed that it will remain in San Diego for 2012 and beyond.

Said Mayor Jerry Sanders in a statement: “I very much appreciate the commitment that (team president) Dean (Spanos), his family, and the Chargers have shown throughout the team’s eight-year search for a new stadium. The Chargers understand, as we all do, the tremendous challenges now facing our region during these historically difficult economic times. But, even in the face of these challenges, we will be able to work through 2011 with the Chargers on a stadium solution downtown that works for both taxpayers and the team.”

Obviously, the city of San Diego might be in a little trouble here. It seems almost assured that at some point soon, the NFL will return to Los Angeles – that’s actually where the Chargers were before relocating to San Diego in the old AFL days – and if San Diego isn’t willing to help pay for a new stadium, that won’t be a problem for L.A. investors.

A bad economy and the uncertainty of a 2011 season don’t help matters either.

“There is just so much economic uncertainty,” Spanos told the Union-Tribune . “No good businessman is going to lock himself up unless there’s certainty. You wouldn’t do it in your personal life. You’re never going to say never. It’s unfair to ask any businessman to make a long-term commitment. It’s not good business practice.

“We’re making a serious commitment here – we have made a serious commitment here - and I think people realize we’re sincere. It’s not a question of our commitment, but can the city get something done.”

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 4:48 am

Chargers will stay in San Diego next season

What does Dean Spanos know about business anyway? He inherited everything he has and he has never had a real job outside of the family.

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:44 pm

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:23 pm

Chargers will stay in San Diego next season

Just move to Los Angeles already. Spanos has a deal in place to sell the team to some guy in LA. It's a done deal so you might as well just do it and get used to playing to half empty crowds in the Coliseum.

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