Category: Chargers News

Timeline: Chargers’ journey back to Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times 1/12/17 By Nathan Fenno

A brief, recent history of the Chargers and Los Angeles:

December 2014: The Chargers say they’ll play the 2015 season in San Diego.

February 2015: The Chargers and Raiders announce plans to build a privately financed stadium in Carson on the site of an old landfill.

March 2015: AEG abandons plans for Farmers Field in downtown L.A., once a potential destination for the Chargers.

April 2015: Carson’s City Council unanimously approves ballot initiative that allows the stadium to bypass lengthy environmental review.

The Chargers and Raiders unveil an overhauled stadium design that includes a 120-foot tower with a flame honoring late Raiders owner Al Davis.

May 2015: Former Browns and 49ers executive Carmen Policy is hired to lead the stadium effort.

August 2015: Street in front of the 168-acre Carson site is renamed Stadium Way.

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Chargers’ move a risky proposition for more than just the team

Los Angeles Times 1/12/17 

By Sam Farmer

Gambling isn’t allowed in the NFL, but this Chargers relocation feels like one big roll of the dice.

There’s extreme anger in San Diego, where betrayed fans are discarding their Chargers jerseys in front of team headquarters. And there’s apathy in Los Angeles, where the arrival of a second team was met Thursday with a collective yawn.

It’s a bad look for the NFL in the middle of the playoffs, and it’s a risky proposition in a season when TV numbers have taken a significant dip.

The league has long looked at Los Angeles as a two-team market, but this isn’t the way it wanted to solve the Rubik’s Cube. Now, there’s a real chance that three cities will lose their teams in rapid-fire succession — St. Louis, San Diego and, possibly, Oakland — and the fickle Los Angeles engine will be flooded.

For two decades, Los Angeles was more valuable to the league without a team than with one. It was the threat that stadium-hungry teams could use to get their cities to pony up and help pay for new venues. Now that threat is gone. There’s no more room at this inn.

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