Friday, January 13, 2017
The San Diego Chargers are now the Los Angeles Chargers. Leaving San Diego after 50 years has produced a psychic wound among fans of the football team. Many will say, "Good riddance." Some will follow the team north and continue rooting. The move is not unprecedented. The Oakland Raiders moved twice and returned to the East Bay. The Indianapolis Colts left Baltimore in the dark of night to the rage of forsaken fans who have never forgotten the slight. The PR challenge for the Charger's owner is now to build a new fan base, and that won't be easy with another franchise in town, the Los Angeles Rams who also have moved twice. The two teams are getting a new stadium. This was the friction for the Chargers in San Diego where a vote for a new structure was defeated. The question now is whether Los Angeles can support two franchises. That will not be known for years to come. Thus far, only New York has been able to support two teams -- the Jets and the Giants.