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San Diego makes final proposal to NFL to keep Chargers

San Diego makes final pitch to NFL in contentious effort to keep Chargers from moving to LA

San Diego makes final proposal to NFL to keep Chargers

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego city and county officials have made their final proposal to the NFL in what has been a contentious effort to keep the Chargers from moving to the Los Angeles area.

While Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Commissioner Ron Roberts hope the issue of relocation goes into overtime and gets put off a year, their letter on Wednesday to the NFL might be a desperation pass that's going to fall short.

Faulconer and Roberts signed the letter, which reiterates that the public contribution for a $1.1 billion stadium to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium will be $350 million and the Chargers' share would be $353 million. The NFL would be expected to contribute $200 million, with $187 million coming from personal seat licenses.

It also says the Chargers have always known that a public vote was required for the project.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this month that the league wants certainty in proposals from San Diego, Oakland, and St. Louis, which means no time for letting cities have voters decide the fate of stadium projects.

Faulconer has insisted the stadium issue go to a public vote, and the opportunity will be in June, when Faulconer will be seeking re-election.

The Chargers walked away from negotiations last June, and have focused their efforts on building a stadium with their AFC West division rivals, the Oakland Raiders, in Carson, California.

NFL owners are scheduled to meet in mid-January to address relocation. They could decide whether the Chargers, Raiders, or St. Louis Rams, or a combination, is allowed to move to Los Angeles. The nation's second-largest market hasn't had an NFL team since the Raiders and Rams left after the 1994 season.

The Chargers have played in San Diego for 55 seasons. What could have been their final game in San Diego was an emotional affair on Dec. 20. Quarterback Philip Rivers was on the verge of tears afterward as he talked about the fan support.

The Chargers and city have been at odds since 2000, when Chargers owner Alex Spanos said the team needed a new stadium. That was just three years after the stadium was expanded to accommodate the Chargers and Super Bowls.

The stadium saga turned nasty this year as Mark Fabiani, an attorney for team chairman Dean Spanos, attacked Faulconer and his proposals.

Spanos has had the right to leave San Diego since 2008, but the team's efforts became more aggressive after Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans to build a stadium in Inglewood, also in the LA area.

Updated : 2021-05-10 14:13 GMT+08:00