Los Angeles Chargers deny report of London move

Tanya Simon
November 6, 2019

"We're playing in Los Angeles", Spanos said, per Eric Williams.

Before the Chargers practiced Tuesday, Spanos called together a small group of reporters who regularly cover the team to address the situation.

The Chargers rank last in league attendance through five home games this season, according to ESPN, but the NFL in a statement said, "there is no substance whatsoever to the report", and "no consideration has been given to the Chargers playing anywhere other than Los Angeles at the new stadium in Hollywood Park next season and beyond".

FOX Business' Robert Gray reports about SoFi receiving naming rights for the new Chargers and Rams stadium in Los Angeles. "Both our office and the Chargers are entirely focused on the success of the team in Los Angeles".

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Well, we now know how the Chargers feel about relocating to London - or anywhere, for that matter.

The Chargers relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles ahead of the 2017 season. Concern among National Football League owners about the Chargers' ability to catch on in Los Angeles was reportedly a driving force behind support for relocation to London, according to The Athletic. But as long as the empty seats remain at Chargers games, the possibility will remain that they'll make the move to the UK. The Jaguars play in the unsexy market of Jacksonville and they've been playing a game in the United Kingdom annually since 2013. Jaguars owner Shad Khan also own Fulham.

The Chargers played a game in London once in 2008 and again in 2018.

But if you take Chargers owner Dean Spanos at his word (good luck with that), he's not open to a London move at all. "We're seeing progress every day, and we look forward to building on that".

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