Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos strongly denied a report that his team could move to London.
The Athletic reported Monday that the move was a possibility, and Spanos told the outlet that wasn’t happening. On Tuesday, he was more vehement in his feelings.
“It’s total f—ing bull—-. We’re not going to London. We’re not going anywhere. We’re playing in Los Angeles. This is our home, and this is where we are planning to be for a long f—ing time. Period,” Spanos told local beat reporters.
The Chargers moved from San Diego to temporary quarters in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson before the 2017 season. They are scheduled to move into the $4.5 billion SoFi Stadium next fall, sharing it with the Los Angeles Rams.
The Athletic said that London has a stadium, fan base and corporate sponsorship waiting to support a team there. And with support for the Chargers seemingly lagging in the Rams-dominated market, “London offers the Chargers and the NFL an immediate and rare opportunity to fix a glaring problem in a way that checks off multiple boxes, both for the franchise and the league,” The Athletic reported.
The Chargers are averaging 25,385 fans through five home dates this season in the 27,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park, ESPN reported. That’s 94 percent of capacity, though fans of visiting teams have been snapping up seats at the stadium.
The Spanos family has owned the Chargers since 1984.
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