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Chargers set to announce move to LA

Jay Posner and David Garrick, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SAN DIEGO -- The Chargers have decided to leave San Diego, their home of 56 years, and move to Los Angeles, ESPN reported Wednesday night.

A source confirmed to The San Diego Union-Tribune that team Chairman Dean Spanos has called a staff meeting for 8 a.m. Thursday, at which time he is expected to inform his employees that the team will be moving. Spanos then plans to be in Los Angeles later in the day.

The ESPN story by writer Adam Schefter also said that a league source cautioned "Spanos has yet to send a formal relocation letter to the NFL, yet to notify public officials in Los Angeles or San Diego of the team's move, or even tell the members of the San Diego organization about his plans. The source insisted nothing is final."

But, Schefter wrote, "the Chargers have notified NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and other league owners, of their intent to move to Los Angeles for the 2017 season."

Chargers' counsel Mark Fabiani refused to confirm or deny the report but added he "may have more in the a.m."

A spokesman for San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he had no word from the team about a move.

"The Chargers have not contacted the city," spokesman Matt Awbrey said in an email.

The Chargers have been seeking a new stadium in San Diego for more than 15 years, and a year ago were given a deadline of Jan. 15 to move to a stadium the Los Angeles Rams are building in Inglewood. Earlier Wednesday, the NFL extended that deadline by two days, to Tuesday.

The lack of a modern football stadium in San Diego -- and the additional revenues generated by such elaborate facilities -- prompted the departure of the team, which has been one of the region's most popular and recognizable civic institutions.

The Chargers have agreed to become tenants in a $2.66 billion stadium Rams owner Stan Kroenke is building in Inglewood. It is not publicly known where the Chargers would play until that stadium opens in 2019.

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