It looks like the San Diego Chargers will soon be the Los Angeles Chargers.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos announced his decision to move the team Thursday. The Chargers have played in San Diego for more than 50 years, but their average attendance was second worst in the NFL this season.
Last fall, Spanos lobbied for a tax increase that would've helped fund a new $1.2 billion stadium in San Diego. But in November, residents voted against that measure — probably contributing to the decision to leave.
The NFL offered to foot a quarter of the bill for a new stadium, but Spanos seemed uninterested in a stadium funded without public money.
But the move to the City of Angels isn't free. The relocation fee is $650 million, but Spanos can borrow some of that money from a bank and pay it off over the next 30 years, for example.
The Rams recently moved to LA, and the team is building a new $2.6 billion stadium funded with mostly private money and an NFL loan. Now that the Chargers will also be in LA, they'll share that stadium.
The Chargers played their very first season in LA in 1960, and getting the respect and support of football fans there is something Spanos admits the team will have to earn.