Chargers, Rams Reportedly Agree in Principle to Share Inglewood Stadium

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2016

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, listens as San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos talks to the media after team owners voted in Houston to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, with the Chargers having an option to share the facility. The Chargers owner is feeling some pain after his fellow owners turned against him, though not nearly as much pain as he's inflicting on San Diego fans. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
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The San Diego Chargers cleared another hurdle in their potential move north to Los Angeles.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the Chargers have agreed in principle with the Los Angeles Rams on a ground-sharing plan in Inglewood, California.   

However, Chargers President and CEO Dean Spanos made a statement saying the team will not relocate in 2016:

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.
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.  
This has been our home for 55 years, and I want to keep the team here and provide the world-class stadium experience you deserve. 
Everyone on both sides of the table in San Diego must now determine the best next steps and how to deploy the additional resources provided by the NFL.
I am committed to looking at this with a fresh perspective and new sense of possibility.

The Chargers' eventual arrival in the City of Angels feels almost inevitable. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora noted the team is still expected to make the move, adding that it's just a matter of when.

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole posited a scenario in which Spanos' end goal was keeping the Chargers in their current home:

Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times downplayed the significance of Friday's news:

At the very least, though, this represents a further thawing of the animosity between Spanos and Kroenke, an issue on which ESPN's Jim Trotter reported Jan. 13: "It initially was uncertain whether Chargers owner Dean Spanos would seriously consider the offer because of bad blood between him and Kroenke, stemming from Kroenke's purchase of the 60-acre parcel at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, site of his proposed stadium and NFL village."

This issue remains far from resolved, but the signs continue pointing to the Chargers calling Los Angeles home at some point in the future.