Are The Chargers Officially Moving To London?
Are the Los Angeles Chargers officially moving to London?
On Tuesday, The Athletic reported that the Chargers being moved from Los Angeles to London was a legitimate conversation topic among NFL executives.
The report suggested that league owners were dissatisfied with the franchise’s prospects in Los Angeles and there was serious consideration being given to shipping them to England.
Shortly thereafter, Chargers owner Dean Spanos came out and vehemently denied that there was anything to these rumors.
“It’s total f—ing bulls—,” Spanos said.
“We’re not going to London. We’re not going anywhere. We’re playing in Los Angeles.
“This is our home, and this is where we are planning to be for a long f—ing time. Period.”
The NFL came out with a similar, albeit less abrasive, statement.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 5, 2019
“No consideration has been given to the Chargers playing anywhere other than Los Angeles at the new stadium in Hollywood Park next season and beyond,” the league’s statement said.
“There have been no discussions of any kind between the NFL and the Chargers regarding moving to London.
“Both our office and the Chargers are entirely focused on the success of the team in Los Angeles.”
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn also took time out on Tuesday to dismiss the idea of his squad moving to London.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 5, 2019
“I just found out about the story last night,” Lynn said.
“I don’t think there’s anything to it — well, I know there’s not anything to it.
“We’re not going to let it be a distraction for us. We’ve got a job to do Thursday night, and that’s what we’re getting prepared for.”
Starting quarterback Philip Rivers found the whole conversation so ridiculous that he did not even want to touch it.
“I don’t see any reason to comment on it, to be honest with you,” Rivers said.
As it stands, the Chargers are currently 4-5 on the year – obviously a bit of a disappointing start to a season where some had them making the Super Bowl.
That being said, the team has cranked out two wins in a row (including one against the very legit Green Bay Packers).
If the Chargers can continue to win and then proceed to beat their divisional rival Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, the postseason race could get pretty interesting out west.