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By Liz Alper 


January 4, 2016 (San Diego) - You know, I'm going to be honest, I never actually thought that this would happen.



All these years of listening to this story drag on and on with no real developments until this year, I just didn’t believe Spanos would follow through on his threats to move the Chargers to Los Angeles.


Of course, Dean Spanos did what he does best:  disappoint.  


The Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders have all filed for relocation.


In a one-on-one interview with Behind the Bolt co-host Jordan Beane, Spanos said, "This has been the single most difficult decision that I've ever made in business.  I promise you it wasn't an easy decision to come to."


Spanos noted in the interview that the Chargers have given nine proposals to the city of San Diego over a period of 14 years.  All of them were rejected.


"We have never wanted to leave," Spanos insisted.  Cue speech about how great San Diego is. (Of course he ignores the overtures the city did make, rushing through approval in the final quarters to meet Spanos’ demands for a new stadium in San Diego, even agreeing to ask voters for support, too.)


On Wednesday, some NFL owners will meet in New York City to review the applications, along with proposals for the teams to stay in their respective hometowns.  Next week on the 12th and 13th, all NFL owners will meet in Houston and are expected to vote on whether to approve the proposed Carson stadium, the proposed Inglewood stadium, or neither.


Note:  this DOES NOT mean the Chargers will be leaving for good.  Neither of the stadiums could be approved next week.  There is hope for you, San Diego.  Not a lot of hope, but a glimmer.


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and I personally applaud the city of Oakland for being the only one refusing to play the game the NFL (and other leagues) like to play. From the point of view of the municipal government a team, no matter what league, is not such a good investment. Many San Diegans, especially residents of the city, figured this out after the seat guarantees that almost (or did) bankrupt the city in 2002. Oakland was the only city that did not file. We need more cities to stop playing the games. The leagues want new stadium, let them pay for them.