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Before I begin, I want to say there are two groups of fans this does not apply to: the first is season ticket holders who did not sell their seats to opposing fans and went to all games; the second group is “Save Our Bolts.” It was very admirable what you guys did and you all should be very proud. It is also worth noting that the whole “Chargers to LA” thing is still mostly speculation at this point.

Obviously, there are more fans that this applies to, but I wanted to make sure to take the time to mention the folks who stand out in my mind. Again, thank you all for everything that you have done and that you’ll continue to do as we near a resolution regarding the stadium situation in San Diego.

Now, let’s get to the reason that the Chargers fan base is not without fault should the move occur.

First, the San Diego Chargers in 2016 are ranked 31st out of 32 in attendance. Behind them is the Oakland Raiders, so at least we are beating them in something this season. The sad fact is we are a lot better team than a lot of the teams above us, such as; Cleveland and Jacksonville. How is it that the fans of San Diego expect the team not to look at other options when they do not even show up to the game. Not to mention if anyone saw the games vs the Denver Broncos or Miami Dolphins this season, it looks like an away game for our squad. Here is an article USA Today created about this very phenomenon this season (http://broncoswire.usatoday.com/2016/10/13/san-diego-home-game-denver-broncos-chargers-tnf).

Second, fans of San Diego are letting the players down. Even more than they let us down on Sundays. Some may remember when the choice was announced that some Chargers players took to twitter and said, “every home game better be sold out.” Well, as previously stated, the Chargers are ranked 31st in attendance out of 32. So even though the players and organization are dying to get more fans to the stadium. To which the Chargers fan base plainly stated by their actions, no, we will not show up until you start winning games. In other words, a bandwagon mentality. (http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2016/1/29/10873822/san-diego-chargers-players-reactions-los-angeles-show-up).

Third, the failure of Prop C, although the team did all they could, and so did the citizens initiative. The citizens of San Diego, do not want the Chargers, even though the plan actually included creating a permanent situation with comic con and zero taxpayer dollars. That was not enough to keep the team around.

It does not make sense for a team to stay someplace that they are not making money, that is what the bottom line is in the case of the Chargers. They are not making enough money off of tickets. Also with the low attendance numbers that does not help the other way that a lot of teams make money. They are called sponsors, how can you sell sponsorship or advertising space when you rank second to last in attendance and have not been higher than 19 in the past six years.

At least if they end up playing in the Stubhub Center in Carson, California as a temporary venue it is much smaller attendance wise and maybe just maybe, there is a chance for a 100 percent Chargers sellout game.

On the flip side, there is some things that the Chargers could have done marketing wise in order to get more and more CHARGER fans out to the game that have not been done. For example, maybe putting a winning football team on the field, or creating more advertisements and deals to specific groups that create a better image to the community of San Diego. Instead of just visiting places and doing community service, maybe invite those who do not have a lot to the game and grant them experiences that will last a lifetime. Usually if the public has a high opinion of a team, they are more likely to support that team. That is one reason why the Chicago Bears and every team in Chicago has some of the most loyal fans on earth.

The bottom line is, the San Diego Chargers have not ranked higher than 19th ever since 2009 when the Chargers went 13-3.

After proposition C got struck down with a vengeance by the voters from the city of San Diego, even though the stadium was going to be built using no taxpayer dollars what so ever. That leaves one logical spot, and that is to revamp the current mission valley location. It is a prime location because even though it is not close to downtown, it is surrounded by several major freeways and in a highly populated area. What is Dean Spanos thoughts on revamping the mission valley spot? In an interview with U-T San Diego, Dean said,” I am not a believer in Mission Valley — I don’t think I would ever go back there.” So, if he was being 100 percent truthful, that knocks out the Mission Valley option, leaving only Los Angeles on the table.

 

Corey Decker

3 Responses to Chargers fans: Are you the main reason for the team’s possible move to LA?

  • Manny says:

    As a season ticket holder in the past years I find it offensive that fans are the ones to be blame for the lack of support. Instead, why not focus your article on how the team has failed to provide a product that a consumer can spend their money on?
    You should with start with the Chargers organization failing to acquire a winning coach i.e. Bruce Aryans or Ron Rivera. Then you can move to the coach and his staff. The calls/plays they make during the game or decisions they made to put the best “53” on the field. Furthermore, micro-analyze the WHY? are players consistently getting hurt in the McCoy era. Also, why doesn’t your article blame Department of Defense since they have two major bases here (Sarcastically written)?
    In regards to your Prop. C rejection from the citizens of San Diego. If you were not aware, only the residents of the city of San Diego were the only ones to vote on the proposition. Residents of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Escondido, Chula Vista, El Cajon etc. were not allowed the chance to vote. Some of us didn’t have the option to vote for the proposition even though everyone in the county can enjoy and attend an event in the current venue.
    Bottom line is, if the organization fails to put a product that the consumer is willing to purchase then you can’t blame the consumer (fans) for the emptiness of the stadium.

  • OP Bolt says:

    Manny – Ditto

    Corey – I’m pretty much at the end of the line with the Chargers. Like Manny, I am one of the 1.8 M San Diego county voters that the Chargers chose to disenfranchise and ignore when they cobbled together the Prop C effort. Also remember, they turned their back on $150M in county money with their petulant Prop C move. Speaking just for myself, I am tired of watching the multi-billion dollar/year NFL play stadium blackmail to get access to public money. The NFL’s voracious appetite for new stadiums equals about a 20 years life span, before teams start demanding a new playground. This is a business model which will eventually crash, even in big markets. It may be that the best business decision for the Chargers is to move to LA (debatable at another time). But frankly, the best business decision for future of San Diego is to get off of the NFL merry-go-round. If the NFL “will do everything it can” to stay in San Diego, then it will have to pay a much larger share of the costs or reduce their Cadillac tastes if they want to stay with a Chevrolet budget.

    And, sorry, but a hotel tax is public money the instant it is levied.

  • How is public money? Even if it failed short of budget the stock holders would have been held responsible. How can you say there should have been a county vote with no county money? Its illegal! Now Gaspar has been elected there will never be county money involved. That and fans don’t hold their elected officials responsible. Scott Sherman produced a sham of what isn’t even a proposal cause no $ is in it of how to build it.? So If the Mayor playing political cover and also refusing to meet with fan groups and the city council is to scared to even take on such a project, you blame the fans?” Fine, You give me 3 reasons why Spanos should stay here and how will the stadium be paid for?

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