The San Diego Chargers might be headed out of town after voters rejected a deal for a new stadium.
According to Dan McSwain of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday, Measure C provided an option to raise hotel taxes and contribute public money toward a new downtown stadium and convention center. The final vote tally was 59.96 percent opposed to the downtown stadium and 43.04 percent in favor, per Chargers reporter Annie Heibrunn.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network shared a letter Chargers owner Dean Spanos sent to season-ticket holders following the rejection of the deal:
Spanos also provided a statement on Wednesday:
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole broke down what's next for the city of San Diego and the Chargers:
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Rapoport reported a potential timeline for San Diego's next steps:
"I can't see us not here," said quarterback Phillip Rivers on Wednesday, per Ricky Henne of Chargers.com. "I'm always optimistic."
Per McSwain, Chargers chairman Dean Spanos spent $10 million trying to pass Measure C instead of immediately moving the team to Los Angeles last offseason. The Chargers have a lease on Qualcomm Stadium until 2020, but it appears a move will be more imminent.
The Chargers spent their first year in Los Angeles in 1960 before moving to San Diego, where the organization has stayed since 1961. The team has played in Qualcomm Stadium (formerly Jack Murphy Stadium) since 1967.
In addition to a potential move back to Los Angeles, Las Vegas also remains a possibility.