Minutes after Goodell spoke, Spanos read this prepared statement:
"My goal from the start of this process was to create the options necessary to safeguard the future of the Chargers franchise while respecting the will of my fellow NFL owners. Today we achieved this goal with the compromise reached by NFL ownership. The Chargers have been approved to relocate to Los Angeles, at the Inglewood location, at any time in the next year. In addition, the NFL has granted an additional $100 million in assistance in the event there is a potential solution that can be placed before voters in San Diego. I will be working over the next several weeks to explore the options that we have now created for ourselves to determine the best path forward for the Chargers."
The question now is what do the Chargers do and what does Mayor Kevin Faulconer do?
The Mayor's office issued a a joint statement Tuesday night with County Supervisor Ron Roberts. "Today NFL owners rejected the Chargers' bid to move to Carson. If Mr. Spanos has a sincere interest in reaching a fair agreement in San Diego, we remain committed to negotiating in good faith. We are not interested in a charade by the Chargers if they continue to pursue Los Angeles."
Not exactly an open arms invitation, but the relationship between the team and the city has never been good.
Dean Spanos has said he would abide by the owners vote, and it was a resounding vote, 30 to 2, but the league opened the door for the Chargers to go to Inglewood with the Rams and Spanos said he would work with the Rams to try to reach an agreement.
Absent an agreement, Spanos has no option, but to try to work another deal in San Diego, albeit in a weakened position with very little leverage.
The discussions between the team and the city have been acrimonious and finally ended in June when the Chargers left the table.
The relationship will have to be repaired if it's to end in a new stadium.
We know the options before the mayor, the question is will the mayor stick to his Mission Valley plan or negotiate a new agreement either in Mission Valley or perhaps downtown.
But the Chargers may have difficult negotiations ahead without a stadium deal in San Diego and the the loss of their option in Carson.
If the team waits for a vote and it fails that could be a disastrous for the Chargers.
We'll find out a lot more about the city position when the mayor, County Supervisor Ron Roberts and perhaps others hold a news conference Wednesday at 11 a.m.