(CBS SF) – The San Diego Chargers announced Friday that they are not planning to move to Los Angeles next season, a decision that could impact the future of the Raiders in Oakland.
“Today I decided our team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season and I hope for the long term in a new stadium,” Chargers owner Dean Spanos said in a statement posted on their website. “We have an option and an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego.”
For the last few weeks, the Chargers weighed their options to share a stadium with the Rams, after the NFL allowed the team to move back to Los Angeles from St. Louis.
The Chargers still the option to move to Los Angeles before the 2017 season. If the Chargers decline, the Raiders would then have the option to share a stadium with the Rams.
Before Friday’s announcement, the Raiders have been rumored to look at San Diego as a possible place to relocate from Oakland. Raiders officials were expected to look at land in Las Vegas on Friday for a possible stadium locations.
The Raiders lease at the O.Co Coliseum has expired and the team has not announced an agreement to play in Oakland next season.