Let me start by saying that I don’t actually expect the Spanos family to be forced into selling the San Diego Chargers. As much as I may want it, and even after making a credible case as to how and why it would happen (we’ll get to that in a moment), I still believe that the NFL would not want to set a bad precedent for some of their owners and that would keep them from forcing Dean Spanos out.
That being said, with the moves that the Chargers pulled over the holiday weekend, it has never been more clear that the ownership does not have enough money to run an NFL franchise. I attempted to explain in today’s Generally Speaking podcast:
If Dean doesn’t have enough money to move to Los Angeles without getting a special debt waiver, and doesn’t have enough money to build a much-needed stadium in San Diego, why should the league and the other owners be forced to help him?