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T.J. Simers, sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, says the Chargers will announce shortly after Feb. 1, 2012 that they will start the 2012 season in L.A., probably playing in the Coliseum. The eventual aim is to play at a downtown stadium that is being talked about in L.A. "Talk to anyone who has spent time with Chargers owner Dean Spanos -- and Spanos already has a pretty good idea of the endgame," writes Simers in a column dated Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. "Ordinarily, that's a loss in the playoffs, but now it's all about moving to L.A." The Chargers will announce soon that they will not be exercising their Feb. 1-May 1 escape clause from Qualcomm Stadium next year "because in reality they have nowhere to go." San Diego's last shot to keep the Chargers would be a 2012 ballot measure, but it's not likely to materialize for lack of strong political backing, and the team's reluctance to throw money at a losing cause. "San Diego has never really embraced the Spanos family, more affectionately known in this space [Simers's column] as the Spanos Goofs. The Chargers have failed to sell out home games, leading to local TV blackouts, and management more often than not comes across as a dictatorship exhibiting poor judgment than as a community asset." (Simers doesn't mention that the City of San Diego is broke.)

One thing is guaranteed: if the Chargers stay in San Diego, they will enjoy a much friendlier (often fawning) local press. Thanks to Matt Potter for sending along Simers's column.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 7, 2010 @ 11:41 p.m.

Very sad, but face it-Spanos is a greedy carpet bagger.

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Don Bauder Dec. 8, 2010 @ 7:56 a.m.

Professional sports are all about greed. Forget any notions of sportsmanship. Best, Don Bauder

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a2zresource Dec. 8, 2010 @ 5:59 a.m.

Was that place anywhere near a private for-profit educational institution that refuses to publish its schedule of tuition and fees in a publicly-accessible location?

What to think of schools with a 35% graduation rate... and that out of only 155 students?

http://www.southuniversity.edu/pdf/student-consumer-information/student-right-to-know-tampa.pdf

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Don Bauder Dec. 8, 2010 @ 7:59 a.m.

Interesting info, but not sure I know what it has to do with the subject at hand. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 8, 2010 @ 4:41 p.m.

UH-OH. PART OF SIMERS'S PREDICTION HAS ALREADY COME TRUE. The Union-Tribune said this afternoon (Dec. 8) that the Chargers said today that they will not trigger the termination clause for the 2011 season -- just as Simers said would happen. However, said the U-T, the team would not make any guarantees beyond 2011 -- another Simers prediction looking prescient. Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani would not comment and Dean Spanos told the U-T that "There is just so much economic uncertainty....It's unfair to ask any businessman to make a long-term commitment." Hmmmm. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Dec. 8, 2010 @ 5:13 p.m.

Dean Spanos told the U-T that "There is just so much economic uncertainty....It's unfair to ask any businessman to make a long-term commitment."

Maybe now all Charger fans will finally wake up and start asking who is going to be playing in Downtown SD's new BILLION DOLLAR "Guacamole Bowl" Stadium that our Mayor is planning for CCDC to build for the Spanos, while at the same time pushing US further into debt while he cuts our Public Services to pay for Pensions that have been gifted to the Big Unions for votes!

We all should cry, "Foul" and ask for an instant replay!

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 8, 2010 @ 6:49 p.m.

We all should cry, "Foul" and ask for an instant replay!

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LOL-I agree.

If only we had an honest referee, who would penalize KFC Sanders for illegal proceedure.

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Don Bauder Dec. 8, 2010 @ 9:53 p.m.

How about flagging Golding, Murphy, and the inept Casey Gwinn for the abominable deals with the team, too? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 8, 2010 @ 9:52 p.m.

San Diegans should remember that after the stadium (since named Qualcomm) was made "state of the art" for the Chargers in the late 1990s, the team promised to remain until 2020. Almost immediately, it began laying the plans (and sprinkling hints) about a flight to L.A. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Dec. 9, 2010 @ 9:50 a.m.

In Sales, I believe they call that the "Take-Away"...

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