In another indication of the impasse between the
That means the Chargers hold little hope of staying in San Diego, at least according to the
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
"It appears the Chargers have pulled the plug on San Diego even though the city and county have gone out of their way to try and accommodate the team," said Tony Manolatos, spokesman for the San Diego mayor's stadium task force. "Instead of working collaboratively on a solution, the Chargers have thrown up one road block after another."
The NFL wants an answer in the coming months about which team or teams will get the green light to relocate to L.A. with the intent of beginning play there in 2016. The Chargers, who play in outdated
"The Chargers are committed to maintaining an open line of communication with the city's negotiators as we move through the summer and leading up to the special August meeting of National Football League owners," Fabiani said. "That meeting may provide important information about what is likely to occur during the remainder of 2015."
A joint statement by Mayor
Staff writer Tony Perry contributed to this report.