>> Another team breaks its fans' hearts. Melodramatic maybe, but after more than a half century in San Diego, the city's lone NFL team, the Chargers, will reportedly pull up roots and relocate to Los Angeles, beginning with the 2017 season. Leaving baseball's Padres as the city's only main professional sports attraction, not counting a few competitive clashes in the San Diego Zoo.
It all comes down to money, of course. Charger's Chairman, Dean Spanos, failing to find the funds to build a new stadium in San Diego, something he's been trying to do for roughly 15 years. ESPN reporting that San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's last ditch effort to keep the team was a proposed $1.2 billion new venue in Mission Valley, near Qualcomm Stadium, the Charger's current home.
Taxpayers would have foot part of the bill, something that may have rankled even the most die hard fan. LA now with two NFL teams, the Rams having returned this season after more than two decades in Saint Louis, lured back by the passage of their shiny new stadium, set to open in 2019.
Something the Chargers will share with them, hoping not to play second fiddle.