Why the San Diego Chargers Need To Move to Los Angeles
More bad news for San Diego Chargers fans came on Thursday when it was reported Sunday's home game against the Buffalo Bills would be blacked out.
The Chargers were blacked out earlier this season during Week 4 in a matchup against the Miami Dolphins, and narrowly escaped blackouts during multiple AFC West opponents. In 2010, three of the first four games of the season were blacked out as well. It's obvious San Diego is struggling to meet required ticket sales, and with the possibility of an NFL team coming to Los Angeles, a move to LA may be the answer to the Chargers' blackout problems.
With plans to begin construction on an LA stadium as early as June, several teams have been rumored to be making the move to Los Angeles. Those speculated teams include, but are not limited to, the Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers. The Chargers front office has continued to deny rumors of the possibility of moving to LA, but a change of scenery may be necessary for the franchise to succeed financially.
Traditionally, LA sports franchises have done exceedingly well, with the exception of the Los Angeles Dodgers' recent bankruptcy issues.
It's no secret that LA is home to the rich and famous. No Lakers home game is complete without its fair share of courtside celebrities and the Lakers payroll is one of the highest in the NBA. The Galaxy made headlines in 2007 when they acquired David Beckham for $32 million. Even the Angels joined in the spending frenzy when they signed Albert Pujols to a $254 million deal earlier this week.
It's no secret that LA teams have money and fan support is a large part of their success.
In no way does this mean that the city of San Diego is lacking in fan support, but numbers don't lie when it comes to ticket sales. A majority of San Diego fans are entirely against the move, but if they truly love their team then they must learn to let it go. Blackouts are just the beginning of problems in San Diego. An NFL team will more than likely thrive in the LA sports market, but time is running out for the Chargers to make a decision.
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