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Chargers Could Use Agreement With Rams As Leverage To Get A Stadium In San Diego?

Update:

Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports the Chargers have purchased land in Orange County that is expected to used for the team’s headquarters and practice facility should they move to Los Angeles.

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According to Jason Cole of B/R, the Chargers are continuing to work on an agreement with the Rams that would allow them to relocate to Inglewood.

Sources have told Cole that talks between the two teams have progressed over the past two weeks and the belief is that a deal could be in place within the next week.

Interestingly enough, Cole mentions that even if he has a deal with the Rams, Chargers owner Dean Spanos could play in San Diego for the 2016 season while negotiating a stadium deal with the city of San Diego.

It would be an interestingly leverage play from the Chargers, even though it still may not be enough for the city to San Diego to offer them the kind of stadium deal they’re looking for.

It’s worth mentioning that the Chargers would need to make a decision soon if they want to be in L.A. for the 2016 season.

There is a pretty big incentive for Rams owner Stan Kroenke to get an agreement in place with the Chargers sooner than later, as this would allow the Rams to begin selling naming rights, club seats, PSLs, and sponsorships at a temporary stadium until 2017 if they have an agreement with a second team to join them in Inglewood.

The one aspect of this situation is whether Chargers owner Dean Spanos will elect to be just a tenant or a partner in the Inglewood project. To be a partner, Spanos would reportedly need $500 million or more, according to Jason La Canfora.

The possibility exists that the Raiders could move to Los Angeles, but this would require the Chargers to pass on the opportunity, which doesn’t appear to be something they’re willing to do right now.

The L.A. Coliseum is reportedly open to hosting multiple teams in needed, so that could be a temporary home for the Chargers and Rams.

We’ll have more regarding the Chargers possibly moving to L.A. as the news is available.