Late Monday night, there was a damning report about the NFL considering taking its overseas relationship with London to the next step by possibly moving the Los Angeles Chargers there, according to a report from The Athletic’s Vincent Bonsignore.
“The Athletic has learned through NFL sources that the possibility of the Chargers moving to London has been broached among league personnel. The Athletic also has learned that, while the team is fully committed to Los Angeles where it will move into the new $4.5 billion stadium with the Rams next year, the Chargers would at least listen if the NFL approached them about about London as a possible option.”
“Finally, The Athletic has learned that NFL owners are concerned enough about the Chargers’ situation in L.A., where a crowded sports market and the presence of the more established Rams has resulted in a tepid embracement [sic] of the Chargers, that they would provide the necessary support for a relocation to London if the Chargers pursue it.”
Less than 24 hours later, Chargers owner Dean Spanos was asked about those reports and he did not mince words when firing back.
“It’s total f* bullst. We’re not going to London. We’re not going anywhere. This is where I plan to be for a long f*** time.”
“It’s total f—kin bullshit. We’re not going to London. We’re not going anywhere. We’re playing in Los Angeles,” Spanos said, per Eric Williams. “This is our home, and this is where we are planning to be for a long f—king time. Period.”
Even the Chargers Twitter account had something to say:
The Chargers have yet to make any ground on securing any type of fan base in L.A. as opposing fans repeatedly take over Dignity Health Sports Park, the 27,000-capacity soccer stadium the Chargers are using as a temporary home, and basically force the team to play 16 away games each year.
Spanos clearly doesn’t care as the Chargers are scheduled to move into the Inglewood stadium with the Rams next season.
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