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Chargers countdown: LA Coliseum meeting

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - Yet another sign that the Chargers want to move ahead and partner with the Rams in Inglewood.

The team has submitted maps and plans for an interim headquarters and a training facility to the city of Santa Ana.

How all of this plays out is totally dependent upon what Dean Spanos decides to do and pressure is building on him to decide and soon.

Mark Fabiani, spokesman for Dean Spanos, issued this statement.

"It was necessary for the team to submit the grading and landscape plans, now because of the long lead time necessary to secure land use approvals and to prepare the natural grass practice fields in time for the team's off season workout schedule."

The key to all of this is if, and when the team relocates, that means physically moving the franchise.

That decision has to be made in the next couple of weeks, according to Mark Fabiani, spokesman for Dean Spanos, otherwise there wouldn't be enough time to set up operations at the Coliseum in advance of training camp.

Secondly, the league needs to know where the team is playing for the 2016 season and the team needs to know so it can start selling tickets and sponsorships.

There's also an incentive for Rams owner Stan Kroenke to do a deal soon because he can't sell naming rights or personal seat licenses until he gets a second team.

Reaching a deal with a second team is not enough, the team has to actually physically move.

Here's another scenario.

If Dean Spanos reaches a deal with the Rams, he could come back to San Diego with that in his pocket to see what's possible for a stadium deal in San Diego.

He could decide to play here for the 2016 season, knowing his deal with the Rams is good until 2017.

By then, he'd know the outcome of the November vote on public dollars and if it fails he has until next January to move. 

Meantime, the LA Coliseum Commission is expected to amend its lease with USC, which operates the Coliseum to allow two NFL teams to play temporarily there.

The NFL wants two teams in L.A. this year and while the Coliseum needs some serious upgrades to host NFL games USC has proposed a $270 million renovation.

The L.A. Times reporters Lindsey Thiry and Gary Kline covered the renovation news conference last October.

"The biggest one is there will be fewer seats this is a venue that holds 92 thousand fans at the moment they're gonna take it down to 77 thousand 500," Kline reported.

The challenge is that money would have to come from USC's athletics department. Putting two NFL teams in the Coliseum would bring big dollars towards that renovation.

Pat Haden has talked all along since the inception of this project that he would welcome an NFL team to come in and play temporarily and pay USC for the privilege of using the venue.

So, these events would seem to indicate there is progress in negotiations to partner up with the Rams.

All that's left now is for Dean Spanos to make his intention known to the city that supported his team for the last five decades.



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