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Friday, July 13, 2012

NFL Rumors: Will the future of the San Diego Chargers be decided in 2012? - Rant Sports

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by Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

It is no secret that the San Diego Chargers need a new stadium to keep the franchise in San Diego.  The Chargers have called Qualcomm Stadium their home from 1967-2012.  The Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers, the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders are the only NFL teams with a stadium that was built before 1967. However, the stadiums for Chicago and Green Bay went through renovations in 2003, and it is estimated that San Francisco will open a new stadium in 2014 which could be shared with Oakland because both teams are in the bay area.

Qualcomm is in desperate need of renovations due to extreme maintenance issues.  Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani expressed that it is crucial for San Diego to win in 2012.  The voters may not want their tax dollars spent without proof that the Lightning Bolts are worth it.  San Diego has already had multiple proposals shot down for a new stadium, so now is the time for their team to step up.  If a proposed deal for a new stadium in San Diego is not accepted, the franchise could return to Los Angeles sometime in the near future. The deadline for an NFL team to apply for a move to Los Angeles is between January 1, 2013 and February 15, 2013.

Even if the franchise’s future in San Diego was not in jeopardy, the Chargers need to win soon for themselves and their frustrated fans. From 2004-2011, the Chargers are one of three teams without a losing record.  However, the other teams won at least one Super Bowl and have combined for six appearances during this time frame.  The Chargers have not had a Super Bowl appearance since their only one in 1994.

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