In case you missed it, measure C, the plan that would have given the Chargers a brand new, non tax payer funded, downtown stadium got struck down with a vengeance by the citizens of San Diego. So what is next for the San Diego Chargers? Vegas? Los Angeles? Franchise disbandment?


If you ask me, someone who is currently studying sports business, the answer to that is none of the above.


The reason that it would not be Las Vegas, is because the Oakland Raiders have already been in talks with the city of Las Vegas and a move there is all but official. However, with the large amount of gambling that goes on in Las Vegas, something tells me Mr. Goodell is going to do anything in his power to not let that move happen. The Raiders fanbase or “Raider Nation”, is the perfect candidate for Las Vegas because of the large amount of residents that migrated from California. It is one team that is guaranteed to bring in a lot of money not just for the organization itself, but for the city of Las Vegas as well. So Vegas is out for the San Diego Chargers.


The issue with Los Angeles is that it is now Rams country after the team recently left St Louis. Before the Rams left for St Louis, they were the longest tenured team in Los Angeles, so as I stated before, they practically almost had an established fan base, minus of course the ones that became Raiders fans when the Raiders spent their time in LA. Citizens of Los Angeles do not want the Chargers; several fan polls done by ESPN and Fox Sports proved that earlier this year (2016). Not to mention there is a reason that the Chargers left the Los Angeles area in the very early stages of the franchise.


Now to franchise disbandment: This is a possibility so do not think that it is not. It is a highly unlikely possibility but it is still there. Let’s call it the worst case scenario. The reason this is a possibility is because San Diego is a bandwagon sports town – a transplant city. If you do not believe me, just look at the stands from this past Sunday, or look at how much measure C lost by. In places like San Francisco, you can not walk a city block without seeing at least seven 49ers logos. In San Diego, you are lucky to walk two miles to see one bolt on the window of a bar. They can not trust the fans in their own city to show up to games, and the answer to that is a whole other discussion/debate.


What I honestly believe will end up happening is the Chargers are going to have to look somewhere in San Diego county for a beachfront stadium. Why the beach you ask? It brings more people in and it encompasses what is so great about San Diego.


How great would a tailgate on the beach be?


The Chargers would be able to enclose an area specifically for that and charge per tailgater, similar to what the Arizona Cardinals do with the great lawn. There is a large amount of the population that likes to go to the beach, so not only would it give the Chargers a new stadium location, but you will see an increase in single game tickets, and more importantly, season ticket sales.  On top of all of that, it will make San Diego eligible to host the greatest money makers in all of sports; like the Super Bowl, the Final Four, and the college football championship.


Just my take, thank you for reading.


Corey Decker

2 Responses to What’s next for the Chargers?

  • JEFF says:

    Well………if Spanos doesn’t have enough money (he’s no Jerry Jones) to fund a new facility downtown, what makes you think he’ll have enough for a beach location. Good luck……and where. San Diego’s best chance is at the Q location. Second choice would be inland further on some county property. Third….San Antonio ,Texas. New City with the desire, money, and an avid fan base just waiting for a team. LA is a sucky option for everyone involved.

    The Spanos’ have blown it again. Please sell the team to someone who knows what the hell they are doing and with enough money to do it. This is embarrassing, and the Spanos’ new it wouldn’t pass at 66 percent……”Come on Man!”This yo-yo situation is pathetic. Why doesn’t he ask Donald Trump………or The Clinton Foundation……….they’ve got Billions to shell out! To say nothing of the NFL itself. If they really want a team in SD, Why don’t they build it and lease it .

    Now we’re not going to hear anything from MR.S until the end of the season. Way to go….that really builds fan confidence and good will. What an incompetent move. Is this being documented for a future disaster movie.


  • OP Bolt says:

    There is an argument to be made that San Diego has avoided buying into the NFL Stadium Ponzi Scheme at the top end of a huge bubble which has already started to deflate. With respect to your beach proposal – I say dead in the water. Practically no one is going to be in favor of putting a view blocking, traffic nightmare at the beach – nor using public money to pay for it. I suppose the flood plain/dirt parking above Del Mar might work with a lot of infrastructure work. But if you live in that area, you will have to take a day off from work every time there is a game/event. We have spent nearly 70 years trying to find an alternate airport location. My opinion on stadium location is it is Mission Valley, somewhere in east county, or nowhere.

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