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Chargers owner says he still wants to stay in San Diego

Chargers' President and CEO Spanos is pictured during a news conference at the team's NFL headquarters in San Diego

San Diego Chargers’ President and Chief Executive Dean Spanos is pictured during a news conference at the team’s NFL headquarters in San Diego, California January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL HEADSHOT)


The Chargers have looked into sharing a stadium with the Raiders in Carson. They’ve bought land. They have Carmen Policy working on the behalf of the stadium they might move into.

But team chairman Dean Spanos keeps saying he wants to stay in San Diego, even though he hadn’t seen the mayor’s advisory group’s proposal prior to leaving the owners meetings yesterday.

“I think they submitted some sort of framework of a potential financing plan,” Spanos told Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego. “That’s what we’re going to take a look at this week . . . I’ve always said, and I maintain the fact we want to stay in San Diego. We’re committed to keep trying to see if there is a viable solution. It has now come down to a financing plan, so I am anxious to see what the city puts forth.”

Spanos said he was going to look at the plan when he returned, and he may have already. But the clock is ticking, especially with momentum building to have a team in Los Angeles by 2016.

Owners heard proposals from both L.A. stadium groups, as well as from potential movers the Chargers, Rams and Raiders.

“I know what the San Diego market is all about,’ Spanos said. “I’ve been there for 31 years. It’s a great market. This is all going to come down to: Can we find a viable solution from a financing perspective?”

That’s not even a thinly veiled threat, for a guy with all the cards, and the possibility of a new stadium for a team that has been looking for one for years.