The San Diego Chargers lost the battle for Los Angeles when their proposed stadium in Carson was rejected by owners, but Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke says he offered Chargers owner Dean Spanos several options to join him in the Inglewood stadium.
Part of the NFL’s approval of a $1.86 billion stadium in Inglewood included an option for the Chargers to share a stadium with the Rams. During an introductory press conference, Kroenke said the two teams are engaged in negotiations. However, there was no indication how close the two sides were on a deal.
As for options, the Chargers can join the Rams as a tenant or partner in the Inglewood stadium. The Chargers can play their 2016 season in San Diego or Los Angeles.
The Chargers already committed to offseason activities in San Diego, so the earliest they would relocate is the beginning of training camp in July. Spanos said he continues evaluating how to move forward.
NFL owners at the Houston owners’ meetings said they preferred the Chargers staying in San Diego at least for 2016. If Spanos wants 2016 games played in Los Angeles, the owner must decide between the two cities by March.
As for the Rams, they will move in time for the 2016 season. They plan on launching a grassroots campaign to spark interest in the Los Angeles community.
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