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Chargers countdown: Spanos/Kroenke meeting

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 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - Dean Spanos went to Los Angeles Monday for a negotiating session with Rams owner Stan Kroenke about sharing the Inglewood stadium either as a co-owner or as a tenant.

The NFL has developed a framework for both scenarios.

Meantime, the Kroenke juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down.

Kroenke has out maneuvered Spanos on the stadium site and now he's putting pressure on Spanos to cut a deal and play catchup or seek his fortunes in San Diego.

The longer Spanos waits to cut a deal, the more he lags behind Kroenke in introducing the chargers to the L.A. market. 

And Kroenke increase the pressure on Spanos to cut a deal soon by launching a ticket drive Monday morning on the website,

For a $100 refundable deposit, fans get the opportunity to purchase season tickets for the 2016 season, and get first priority for tickets in the new stadium in 2019.

Spanos cannot afford to drag out the negotiations allowing Kroenke to flood the L.A. market with Rams advertising at the Chargers expense.

As you know, there's been bad blood between these two.

Spanos has said he doesn't trust Kroenke, he doesn't want to do business with Kroenke and he wants nothing to do with Kroenke.

Long time L.A. Sportscaster Fred Rogan asked Kroenke about Spanos' comments.

"If you tell me he said that Fred, I know he did, okay but that doesn't concern me, people are competitive in the heat of the moment, people say things, that's not, that's not really relevant to me," Kroenke said.

Nor is it of concern any longer to Dean Spanos. He's hoping to negotiate a deal with Kroenke to share the Inglewood stadium.

The deal depends on the amount of rent he will have to pay and the amount of revenue he can wring from Kroenke that's not shared with the NFL.

If it's not to his liking, maybe something happens in San Diego.

Meantime, hockey fans in San Diego had no love for the Chargers. At the Gull's last game, when the announcer tried to get the fans to chant, "Save Our Bolts," the response was boos.

A day after Fred Rogan interviewed Kroenke, Rogan tweeted: "Chargers announce move to L.A. next week blocking Raiders return. Raiders then to San Diego.

"I don't see it, it would be a long shot but if they do combine with the Chargers to get that money in so we can get that stadium, maybe no vote right," said Save Our Bolts co-founder, Jonny Abundez.

Two teams in San Diego? That might be the longest of long shots.

Time appears to be running out for Dean Spanos. The Carson option is gone. He doesn't see a stadium deal in San Diego. It appears his only option to save the franchise is joining Kroenke in Inglewood.



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