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Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.: There's yet to be a final announcement, but the Chargers are pretty much set to return to Los Angeles (they played their first season there before moving to San Diego) for the 2017 season, where they will join the Rams in their new stadium as lease-paying tenants in Inglewood, expected to be completed for the 2019 season. In the meantime, the Chargers are expected to play at either the Coliseum or a 27,000 seat facility in Carson, somewhat limiting their immediate ability to cash in.

posted by LionIndex to football at 10:48 AM on January 12 - 7 comments

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Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

This article almost perfectly encapsulates how I, and possibly quite a few other San Diegans, feel about the Chargers ownership. Every sentence feels ridiculously true.

posted by LionIndex at 11:09 AM on January 13

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

Chargers fans could tell themselves their team is still close and might flop in L.A. and come back.

I think that's the most likely scenario for San Diego to ever have an NFL team again, however unlikely it may actually be, but I think the Spanos family would have to sell the team first. I can't see the NFL expanding again unless they can add 4 teams, which would dilute the talent level a lot. (You add 4 teams to get a total of 36, realign to have 6 teams in 3 divisions in each conference; playoff format remains basically the same but with 3 wild cards instead of 2)

It might be changing, but one hallmark of sports fandom in San Diego is that the city has been largely made up of transplants who bring along their own sports allegiances for a long time - people come out for military stuff and stick around afterwards or whatever. They may follow the Chargers or Padres on radio or TV but never fully transition their allegiance to the degree that they plunk down for season tickets, and with the track record of those teams, who can really blame them? Fans of visiting teams have always been a sizeable presence at any San Diego sporting event.

posted by LionIndex at 01:42 PM on January 12

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

That'll depend pretty heavily on how much of the fan base feels alienated now, and whether that feeling sticks. I don't know that the Chargers are going to have any more success in creating a fan base in LA than the Rams have, even though the Rams had a remnant of one from when they were there previously (the Chargers' previous tenure in LA was too brief and long ago to have any impact now). Alienating fans has seemed to me like it's been the Spanos family's primary goal for over a decade now, so maybe they've already hit rock bottom, but I feel like a lot of the reasons for their desire to move to LA in the first place are just fantasies that have very little chance of actually happening. They've traded a market of 3 million where there's only one other major team in town for one that splits fan attention between 12 or so franchises and major college teams, many of which play during the football season. They've basically sacrificed a home game every year whenever the Raiders come to town. I have a really hard time seeing any benefit to the move, aside from that they're now in LA and can therefore sell the team for more money.

posted by LionIndex at 12:20 PM on January 12

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

I'm guessing penalty kicks.

posted by LionIndex at 08:39 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I was actually a bit surprised that he actually missed a game at all, since there were ten days between the tripping incident and the next game and I'm beyond cynical about K's self-righteous bullshit.

posted by LionIndex at 07:42 PM on January 06

Haslams apologize for 'disappointing year'

Still better owners than Spanos.

posted by LionIndex at 09:30 AM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't know if you can really call it a "play" but, "The Rain Delay" should probably be on a list of sports events somewhere because of its possible impact.

posted by LionIndex at 07:58 PM on January 01

Tampa Bay Rowdies Launch Campaign to Enter MLS

They also officially changed their name to North Carolina FC, which is kind of difficult to say

What if I pronounce it "cackalackyfuck"?

posted by LionIndex at 03:00 PM on December 07

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

The score is too high for basketball even. /Virginia fan

posted by LionIndex at 05:07 PM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Doubtful. The whole thing with moving to LA was to "protect their market", since the owners said 25% of their ticket sales go to people in LA and they didn't want to lose that and any potential market growth to a new team coming in. It was all about money, and they're not going to make more money in Mexico than they do in San Diego.

posted by LionIndex at 08:17 AM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

In a rare bout of sanity, voters in San Diego rejected the tax which would've paid for the Charger's new stadium.

If the Spanos family hadn't spent the last 15 years vigorously fucking San Diego in the ear, the election might have gone their way. One year of making nice doesn't make up for all that. I don't know if they'll even go to LA now - what for? To be the 2nd banana team in a town that's never cared about you? That's a Donald Sterling move.

posted by LionIndex at 09:49 PM on November 09

NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over HB2

For the next two years anyway.

posted by LionIndex at 07:37 AM on September 13

NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over HB2

Isn't the ACC tournament moving to Brooklyn or something regardless?

posted by LionIndex at 07:35 AM on September 13

Teddy Bridgewater Tears ACL, Will Miss Season

Sure, but Belichick usually has a team without too many gaping holes and scads of draft picks, so he can take a flyer on a 3rd or 4th round QB once in a while.

posted by LionIndex at 11:04 AM on August 31

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

MLB teams were willing to draft Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Daunte Culpepper, John Elway, and Dan Marino...but not Tim Tebow.

... and Johnny Manziel

posted by LionIndex at 05:16 PM on August 09