clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Recapping the San Diego Chargers Signature Drive

The San Diego Chargers brought out the big guns to kick off their signature-gathering efforts, which included an unlikely spokesperson in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers would like some money.

More-specifically, they would like for the tourists that visit San Diego to hand them some money so that they may head up a project for noncontiguous expansion of the San Diego Convention Center (and also build an NFL stadium).

The problem is, they need permission from the fine citizens of the City of San Diego to approve this plan of their. Before those people can even vote on the plan, enough of them need to submit signatures of support that they would like the opportunity to vote on it.

Today, the San Diego Chargers kicked off their drive to get the signatures needed to get their citizen's initiative on the November ballot, and they did so with help from Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and others.

It's easy to (sometimes) forget that the opportunity for the Chargers to move to Los Angeles, as a tenant of the Los Angeles Rams in their soon-to-be-built Inglewood monster-stadium, still exists.

In fact, if the fine citizens of the City of San Diego don't give the Chargers their signatures and then their votes to an appropriate degree....the Chargers will almost assuredly be following that plan and heading up the 5 to Inglewood.

That makes Roger Goodell's remarks, as someone who really doesn't benefit from lying to San Diegans in this scenario, an interesting spokesperson for the Chargers' efforts...

Part of this entire stadium situation has sucked the life out of me as a Chargers fan. Today's event wasn't enough to get it back, and the song-and-dance of it all felt pretty hollow to me, but it obviously struck a chord with plenty of fans that are desperate to do anything to keep the team in San Diego.

What about you? Did you go to today's event? Did it change your mind on the Chargers? Did Roger Goodell's presence and message do anything for you? Let us know in the comments below.