An eleventh hour save could be in the works for the San Diego Chargers to remain in their home city. As the January 15 league imposed deadline closes in for owner Dean Spanos to announce his plans for the team a new meeting among league officials and owners has come to light.
According to Kevin Acee, a January 11 meeting has been called in New York for the NFL’s finance and stadium committees. Owners are expected to hear updates on the Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and Los Angeles Rams relocation and stadium situations.
No announcement about the Chargers’ future is now expected until following the newly scheduled meeting. If Spanos elects to not join the Rams in Los Angeles then the Raiders would be given that opportunity. However, recently the push for Oakland to relocate in Las Vegas has been gaining momentum. All of these factors are sure to be discussed in New York.
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Spanos is said to be prepared for a move to Los Angeles but his inability to commit publicly to anything leaves room that San Diego could be home. Recently San Diego city and county officials with San Diego State University have offered to contribute $375 million to a new stadium.
Added to the $300 million from the NFL and $350 million from the Chargers previous pledge the accounted money leaves a gap of approximately $100-$175 million from what the franchise says a new stadium will cost.
A week remains before the deadline and in the midst of a coaching search a cloud of uncertainty surrounds the Chargers’ organization. It will soon be lifted.