Chargers said to be coming to LAJanuary 12, 2017 8:00am

Jan. 12-- NEW YORK-San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners Wednesday that he intends to move to Los Angeles, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

Because Spanos has not announced his decision to Chargers staff or elected officials in San Diego and the L.A. area, the person cautioned the decision shouldn't be regarded as final.

As of late Wednesday, the Rams, who would share a stadium with the Chargers in Inglewood, hadn't been informed of the development.

While Spanos hasn't made the decision official-the move doesn't need to be approved by league owners-an announcement could come in the next day or two.

Out of deference to the league, Spanos waited until the NFL's finance and stadium committees finished their meeting Wednesday to make a final assessment of his options, the person said.

When no last-ditch effort by the NFL to convince Spanos to remain in San Diego materialized at the meeting, the owner moved forward with his decision.

The 3 {-hour meeting's primary focus was the Oakland Raiders' interest in moving to Las Vegas-and conspicuously not the San Diego situation. No Chargers representatives were present at league headquarters.

"There was really little to no discussion on the topic of the Chargers, other than for us to make sure that the membership had the latest reports from the public authorities and so forth," NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman said.

The only movement on the San Diego front was Goodell extending the Chargers' relocation deadline by two days, until Tuesday, so it wouldn't conflict with Sunday's playoff games or the Martin Luther King holiday.

It doesn't look like the extra time will be needed.


(Farmer reported from New York, Fenno reported from Los Angeles.)


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