Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos has shut down rumours after his team were linked to a move to London and a groundshare with Tottenham Hotspur.
Spanos has branded reports suggesting that the LA Chargers would be open to a relocation as “total f**king bulls**t”. According to The Athletic, the NFL side would consider a move to London if the league raised the idea.
The 69-year-old has strongly denied any talks of his side moving country. “We’re not going to London. We’re not going anywhere,” Spanos firmly told reporters. “We’re playing in Los Angeles. This is our home, and this is where we are planning to be for a long f**king time. Period.”
The AFC West side will instead look to move a new $4.5billion stadium next year that they will share with The Los Angeles Rams.
The Chargers franchise began in 1960, but only stayed in Los Angeles for a single year before moving to San Diego in 1961. They remained there until a return to LA in 2017.
Since the return, in which they moved into LA Galaxy’s home ground, Dignity Health Sports Park, they have struggled to bring in big crowds.
An NFL London franchise is a prospect that the league has been mulling over for a number of years, with the 286,000 fans who attended this year’s (four-game) London series potentially inching the idea closer to reality.
Regular NFL fixtures have been hosted in the UK since 2007 and interest in the sport continues to grow across the pond.
A UK move could still be on the cards, but for the Jacksonville Jaguars instead. The Florida team have also struggled to attract significant numbers to their home games and are already in their third year of a four year deal to play one game a season at Wembley.
Last Sunday they lost to the Houston Texans 26-3 in the final London game of the season.
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