Chargers Will Stay In San Diego Next Season, But Inglewood Still In Play
Where will the San Diego Chargers be playing in 2016-17? Clearly, San Diego. Chargers chairman Dean Spanos agreed in principle to move to Inglewood and share a new stadium with Stan Kroenke and the Rams, but that's not going to happen, if it does, for at least a year. The Chargers have until Jan. 15, 2017, to exercise their option to move.
In the meantime, Spanos will try to hammer out a deal to keep the team in San Diego.
So that blocks the Raiders from possibly moving to San Diego next season, and keeps the NFL's status quo for now. Huffington Post:
Spanos said he hoped the Chargers would remain in San Diego "for the long term in a new stadium."
He said he had met with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Supervisor Ron 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.
If the Chargers decide to stay and build a new stadium in San Diego, they'll get a $100 million grant from the NFL. Also, they wouldn't have to pay a $550 million relocation fee to the NFL.
Roger Goodell approves. San Diego Union Tribune:
"We are very supportive of the decision by Dean Spanos to continue his efforts in San Diego and work with local leaders to develop a permanent stadium solution," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "NFL ownership has committed $300 million to assist in the cost of building a new stadium in San Diego. I have pledged the league’s full support in helping Dean to fulfill his goal."
In addition to the $100 million, Goodell is referring to an additional $200 million G4 loan.
Talk about your ultimate negotiating leverage: We have a deal in place to move to a new stadium in Los Angeles -- all we need is to hire a moving van. Now, what are you going to do to keep us, San Diego?
As for the Raiders, it's clear they're going to have to move eventually, but where and when is way up in the air. IMO, the owners won't let them move to Las Vegas, and Jerry Jones will try and block a move to San Antonio. They'll sign a one-year lease to stay in Oakland next season, but after that is a mystery.
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