Official Report: The Chargers will apply to the NFL for a move to LA
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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - Chargers executive Mark Fabiani said that the San Diego Chargers will apply to the NFL for the move to Los Angeles, it was reported this weekend.
Fabiani went on a San Diego-area sports radio station and said that the Chargers would apply to move to the much-larger TV market because two other teams are poised to do so.
"At this point, yes, because there's no sign that the other team or teams are not going to file," Fabiani told XEPRS "the Mighty 10-90" radio.
The Chargers are in a partnership with the Oakland Raiders to build a new stadium together in the South Bay, between Long Beach and LAX - while the St. Louis Rams have the old Hollywood Park race track site in Inglewood as their preferred relocation site.
"Everyone assumes all three teams will file, and in that case we can't afford to lose our market in Los Angeles and Orange County," Fabiani said.
For 15 years, the Chargers have been asking for a replacement for aging Qualcomm Stadium, and city officials determined the current site in San Diego's Mission Valley was the best location.
The Chargers are also watching a citizens' initiative to commit the City of San Diego to a new San Diego stadium on the bay, south of the Center City.
The initiative would be aimed for the June 2016 ballot.