Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos has emphatically dismissed a report that his National Football League team has been discussed for a possible move to London.
“It’s total f—ing bull—-, OK? We’re not going to London,” Spanos told reporters on November 5. “We’re not going anywhere. We’re playing in Los Angeles. This is our home. This is where I’m planning to be for a long f—ing time. Period.”
The Athletic reported a potential move for the Chargers from southern California to the United Kingdom has been broached among league personnel, and that discussion of the idea has been fueled by the team’s difficult move thus far to Los Angeles from its prior home in San Diego.
The Chargers are currently playing at Dignity Health Sports Park, primarily the home for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy, to by far the lowest attendance in the NFL at just over 25,000 per game, less than half the league average. And those smaller crowds are often populated heavily by fans of the visiting team.
The Chargers, though, are currently committed to move next year into the forthcoming SoFi Stadium with their crosstown NFL colleagues, the Los Angeles Rams.
The team’s Twitter account further underlined Spanos’s emphatic message with clip of Leonardo DiCaprio’s “I’m not leaving” speech from the movie The Wolf of Wall Street.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 5, 2019