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Special Report: Dean Spanos on the record

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In a KUSI News exclusive, Dean Spanos shared his thoughts on the future of the Chargers in San Diego. 

The Chargers took a big risk on going the initiative route for two reason: one, it includes a tax increase and two, it requires approval from two-thirds of the city's voters. Both are huge hurdles.

Another hurdle is the opposition. Was that a surprise?

"Yes and no. You know I've never been through something like this so this is all new to me. Fred Maas whose been spear heading out effort here, told me this was going to be a difficult task and a big hurdle to get to two-thirds, but expect some opposition, and a lot of opposition so he forewarned me," Spanos said.

Mr. Spanos has said there is no plan b. If Measure C fails, then what's the path to get a stadium?

"You know I don't know. I think subsequent to the vote, I really want to focus on the support that we get, if we, and I've said this before if we get 30 or 40 percent voter approval that will tell me something. I few get 55 or 60 percent that will me something else, but until that happens, I'm not focused on anything except trying to get two-thirds vote come November 8," he said.

Anything above 50 percent sends a message that a majority of San Diegan's want the team to stay. Could that open up an opportunity?

"I think anything is possible and you know I'm open minded to anything subsequent to the vote if it's not successful, but I think its compelling. If you've got over half the people in the city of San Diego saying look we want this deal," Spanos said.

If San Diego were to lose the team, the city will likely not get another team without a new stadium.

"You do need public subsidy. When you look at other teams in the league with the same size market that we have here in San Diego most of them have received a 50-plus percent subsidy," Spanos said.

Despite no plan b in San Diego, there is the L.A. option. 

"Having options is important, so I never really want to give up any options cause that could lead to all sort of different things that could happen in the future which I can't predict. So having as many viable options as possible to me is a good business decision," he said.

The L.A. option runs out on January 15. Spanos said he has not asked the league for an extension. 

The full Dean Spanos interview will be available on KUSI.com Thursday. 

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