Should they stay or should they go now?

As plans for a new Chargers stadium are delayed, each year it looks easier — and more lucrative — for the Chargers to leave San Diego.

Following reports that the NFL is planning to relocate a team to Los Angeles within the next two years, the Chargers’ special counsel Mark Fabiani objected. Having a team in L.A. would mean a big hit to the Chargers’ fan base, he said.

So there’s a new urgency for city leaders to keep the team happy here. One way to do that involves building a new stadium. If the city pursues that, it could cost as much as $1.2 billion, with taxpayers potentially coughing up $500 million. That brings up questions of whether the NFL is really deserving of public dollars.

In this San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Scott Lewis teams up with NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia to explain what options the city has to keep the Chargers from bolting.

Matthew Hose

Matthew is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can reach him at

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