NFL Reportedly Considering Moving Chargers Back To San Diego
Back in January of this year, the good folks in San Diego saw their beloved Chargers make their exit from the city they have been a part of for 55 years. They left to go to the bright lights of Los Angeles, much like the Rams did the previous offseason.
After just two regular season games in Los Angeles, there are rumors going around stating the league might actually send the team back to San Diego, according to longtime NFL reporter Don Banks.
“The former Sports Illustrated reporter, who has worked for NFL Media and currently writes for The Athletic, told a San Diego radio station on Thursday the NFL never wanted to lose San Diego as a market and could force Chargers owner Dean Spanos to take the team back.“I have been painted a picture from people I’ve talked to that the league was sympathetic … to Dean Spanos’ plight,” Banks told The Mighty 1090. “Feels like he had been a ‘league guy’ feels like he had waited kind of his turn on the relocation front, thought he had the votes the year before — Jerry Jones and Stan Kroenke pretty much outmaneuvered Dean and Mark Davis with the Raiders to be the first in line for LA. So it was almost as if this was a bit of a make up.“There are people in the league — including the commissioner — they did not want to see San Diego forsaken. They would rather there be a team in San Diego. If there’s anything viable that they could find to put the league back in to San Diego, I think they will be in that camp strongly.”
The StubHub Center holds only 27,000 people and the team couldn’t even sell out their temporary home during their home opener last week against the Miami Dolphins. The stadium was loud that day, but the cheers came from the thousands of Dolphins fans who made the trip and took over the stadium.
“Banks thinks there are already some in the league office talking about moving the Chargers back to their home of almost 60 years.
“I think there’s already a level of concern at how far south it’s gone, that there are at least people talking about it,” Banks said. “I don’t think a true tipping point has been reached, it’s too early for that. But I think there’s enough concern that people are saying, ‘What’s the best option perhaps among bad options?'”