Charg­ers see S.D. prospects dim­ming

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS - Staff and wire re­ports — S am Farmer

In another in­di­ca­tion of the im­passe be­tween the Charg­ers and the city of San Diego, the club re­leased a state­ment Tues­day say­ing they do not be­lieve a sta­dium ini­tia­tive can be put on the bal­lot this year.

That means the Charg­ers hold lit­tle hope of stay­ing in San Diego, at least ac­cord­ing to the NFL’s cur­rent timeline, and will con­tinue to jointly pur­sue a Car­son sta­dium with the Oak­land Raiders.

The Charg­ers said they have had three for­mal meet­ings with the city — the third tak­ing place Tues­day — and nu­mer­ous in­for­mal con­ver­sa­tions, but could not find a way to cre­ate a sta­dium bal­lot mea­sure for De­cem­ber that com­plied with the Cal­i­for­nia En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity Act and met elec­tion law re­quire­ments.

Said Mark Fabi­ani, Charg­ers spe­cial coun­sel: “The var­i­ous op­tions that we have ex­plored with the city’s ex­perts all lead to the same re­sult: Sig­nif­i­cant time-con­sum­ing lit­i­ga­tion founded on mul­ti­ple le­gal chal­lenges, fol­lowed by a high risk of even­tual de­feat in the courts.”

Time is of the essence for the Charg­ers be­cause St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke in­tends to be­gin con­struc­tion in De­cem­ber on a com­pet­ing sta­dium pro­ject in In­gle­wood. The NFL is not go­ing to give the goa­head to two L.A.-area sta­di­ums, so the Charg­ers don’t have the lux­ury of wait­ing around for a years-long ap­proval process that might never come to fruition.

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