Chargers staying San Diego means Raiders likely to follow suit in 2016

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The San Diego Chargers will remain in America’s Finest City for at least the 2016 season, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. A statement from owner and chairman Dean Spanos confirmed as such, and for now, that means that the giant game of musical chairs featuring the Chargers and Oakland Raiders will likely come to a halt for the upcoming season. 

The news comes on the heels of a breaking story that the Chargers recently purchased land in nearby Orange County while the Raiders are eyeing Las Vegas as a potential site to call home down the road. 

The Chargers hold the first right of refusal to the LA market to join the Rams. Both sides have already reached an agreement in principle that would unite the two teams as either partners or involve the Chargers as a tenant in the proposed mega-complex conceptualized by Rams owner Stan Kroenke. 

The Raiders would only have the option to move to Los Angeles if the Chargers choose to remain in their home market. By staying in San Diego, the Chargers prevented Oakland’s potential move to San Diego in 2016, which remains a possibility should the Chargers move north. 

In effect, everything is at an impasse, and the most important thing for hopeful fans in Oakland and San Diego that comes out of these developments is that each incumbent market has time. However difficult the road ahead may be for both Spanos and Raiders owner Mark Davis, at least there’s a chance to fight another day. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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