Chargers Reportedly Expected to Announce Move to Los Angeles

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SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Members of the military take to the field for a Veterans Day Weekend presentation at Qualcomm Stadium prior to a game between the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins on November 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers faced an uncertain future entering the 2016 season, and now the franchise appears primed for a move to Los Angeles after a ballot measure regarding a new San Diego stadium failed to pass in November.

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Chargers Reportedly to Announce L.A. Move

Wednesday, Jan. 11 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Chargers will announce their move to Los Angeles on Thursday. Annie Heilbrunn of the San Diego Union Tribune confirmed an announcement is expected tomorrow. 

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But as one league source cautioned Wednesday night, Chargers chairman Dean Spanos has yet to send a formal relocation letter to the NFL, yet to notify public officials in Los Angeles or San Diego of the team's move, or even tell the members of the San Diego organization about his plans. The source insisted nothing is final.


Chargers Given Extension to Decision Deadline

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times noted the NFL extended the deadline for the Chargers to make a decision to next Tuesday. It did so in order to avoid a conflict with playoff games.

The Chargers are not expected to receive additional money from the NFL to help them stay in San Diego, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported Monday the Chargers didn't intend to ask for an extension of the Jan. 15 deadline to move to Los Angeles.


Chargers Reportedly Might Remain in San Diego

Tuesday, Jan. 10

ESPN's Jim Trotter reported "knowledgeable" people in the NFL believe a "Hail Mary" is developing that would keep the Chargers in San Diego for at least two more years.


Chargers Owner Reveals He's Leaning Toward LA Move

Monday, Dec. 19

Chargers owner Dean Spanos is leaning toward a move to Los Angeles, according to CBS' Scott Kaplan (h/t Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune). Kaplan added Spanos would have kept the team in San Diego if a recent ballot measure had passed.

When asked about that report, Spanos clarified his stance, per Acee:

I said I was not going to make up my mind until after the season. He asked the question, 'Are you closer to leaving than staying?' I said, 'That would probably be an accurate statement.' I also said I'm not going to make up my mind until after the season. ... Everything is in place. I'm waiting on the city of San Diego.


Chargers Potential LA Training Location Revealed

Monday, Dec. 19

The Chargers will "likely" have a temporary training site in Orange County if the team relocates to Los Angeles, according to Cole, who added Long Beach would have been the site if they had moved this past January.

Cole added the team plans to have executive and sales offices in downtown Los Angeles if they move.


Details Emerge from Winter Meetings

Sunday, Dec. 18

"Several NFL owners who were in contact with Chargers ownership at the just-completed NFL meetings said that [Spanos] is resigned to the fact he must move his team to Los Angeles during next month's window to do so and has every intention of doing just that," reported CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora, who provided more:

"He doesn't have a choice from an economic standpoint, and he knows it," said one ownership source with another club with strong ties to Spanos. "He's as good as gone. He basically told us that he has no choice."

"It's over," another ownership source said. "They're going to Los Angeles. It's just a matter of announcing it. There aren't any miracles here."


Faulconer Comments on Negotiations

Saturday, Dec. 17

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told The Mighty 1090 AM in San Diego (via Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com) that "everything is on the table" in the current negotiations to keep the team in San Diego:

Everything is on the table, including Mission Valley. We have one goal and one objective, and that's to keep the team here and get a stadium built. Obviously there's more than one place you can do it, but I also think it's important that we have the ability to get something done on the Qualcomm site that we own.


Goodell Comments on Chargers Stadium Negotiations

Wednesday, Dec. 14

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke during the NFL's winter meetings on Dec. 14 and told the media there is no acceptable stadium solution in San Diego. He added there has not been "great progress" made in regard to one.


NFL Approves Rams/Chargers Lease in LA

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reported the approval of the lease. Kaplan noted the Chargers would be the Rams' tenant under the agreement, and the franchises would not be partners.

Farmer added the NFL approved a debt waiver that would allow the Chargers to pay back the relocation fee over a longer period.

As for the Chargers' option to move, NFL executive Eric Grubman told reporters he "didn't want to speculate" on that option being extended for the franchise.


Latest on Chargers' Potential Relocation

Wednesday, Dec. 14

"I'm not going to make a decision until after the first of the year," Spanos told reporters. "I really don't have anything else to say."

On Dec. 7, Cole reported the Chargers were "leaning toward" a move to Los Angeles and how such a move would proceed:

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Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Dec. 5 that Spanos and other team executives had a meeting scheduled with Faulconer and city business leaders later this week to discuss the team's future.

On Dec. 4, Rapoport reported Spanos hadn't made a decision on a potential move to Los Angeles. Rapoport added that the team needed a "strong proposal" to avoid a move.

Fred Roggin of NBC Los Angeles reported Dec. 2 no official decision has been made regarding the Chargers' potential relocation to Los Angeles and it will likely be a last-minute call, according to a source.

"I've never been more pessimistic about Chargers staying in SD," Trotter tweeted on Dec. 1. "Based on all I'm hearing I'd be SHOCKED if team isn't in LA next year."

Trotter added he expects the Chargers to announce their intention to relocate to Los Angeles in January, barring an "unanticipated miracle."

"[Spanos] has said that he wants everyone to be able to focus on the remainder of the Chargers season and so won't be making any final decisions until the season is over," the team said, per Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "That hasn't changed."


San Diego City Council to Offer Chargers Financial Incentive

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Bernie Wilson of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "four San Diego City Council members are preparing to offer Spanos a lease of $1 a year for 99 years for the Qualcomm Stadium site as a starting point for negotiations for a new stadium."


Chargers Move to Los Angeles Gaining Momentum

A move to Los Angeles has become increasingly likely over the past few months, and the Chargers' fate appeared to be sealed by the ballot measure's failure.

After the vote, La Canfora reported the following:

Several NFL ownership sources who have been in contact with Spanos in the past believe he will move in the wake of this defeat. ... "I guess you could stay and wait around some other option to emerge, but I'm not sure that's very feasible," another source said. "Where else is he going to go? London? San Antonio? I can't see that."

When the Los Angeles Rams' relocation was announced in January, the NFL also noted the Chargers were given the right of first refusal over the Oakland Raiders regarding a 2017 option to move to Los Angeles.

On Nov. 20, Rapoport (via Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio) reported the Rams and Chargers have talked about sharing the Rams' stadium in Inglewood, California, which is expected to open in 2019.

"Concerns at the league level emerged regarding the ability of the Chargers and Rams to reach a deal and thereafter coexist in the market," Florio noted. "The fact that they're negotiating doesn't change that."

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