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The London Chargers? In the AFC East? It could happen

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The Athletic has learned through NFL sources that the possibility of the Chargers moving to London has been broached among league personnel. The Athletic also has learned that, while the team is fully committed to Los Angeles where it will move into the new $4.5 billion stadium with the Rams next year, the Chargers would at least listen if the NFL approached them about about London as a possible option.

Finally, The Athletic has learned that NFL owners are concerned enough about the Chargers’ situation in L.A., where a crowded sports market and the presence of the more established Rams has resulted in a tepid embracement of the Chargers, that they would provide the necessary support for a relocation to London if the Chargers pursue it.

In other words, London offers the Chargers and the NFL an immediate and rare opportunity to fix a glaring problem in a way that checks off multiple boxes, both for the franchise and the league.

The Chargers would move into a viable venue — likely the NFL-ready Tottenham Hotspur Stadium — that would offer all the perks and monetary benefits necessary to remain financially competitive with the other 31 NFL teams. And they would have the region and market all to themselves to cultivate a fanbase.

 

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Should the Chargers pursue the move, the NFL could help build the team’s bridge to London by transferring the $650 million relocation fee it still must pay for the L.A. move to a London relocation. The Chargers also could switch divisions with the Houston Texans — the Chargers to the AFC South and the Texans to the AFC West — or perhaps the league could move the Chargers to the AFC East, Miami Dolphins to the AFC South and Texans to the AFC West.

 

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2 teams in LA is just not going to work. Their stadium was like 99 percent packers fans yesterday. They have no fan base! I don’t want London in the afc east though 

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Would the Pats leave the division?  If so, sign me up.   It’s only a 6 hour flight.  They can suck it up.  

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I think BOTH of the jag’s fans would be mildly annoyed. 

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Hope not. I Like the rivalries in the AFC East now. 

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27 minutes ago, Virgil said:

Would the Pats leave the division?  If so, sign me up.   It’s only a 6 hour flight.  They can suck it up.  


Or at least sent the pats off to England. Old England, New England— what’s the difference? 

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9 minutes ago, dma0034 said:

NFL should do a major division realignment. 

Really it doesnt affect my game day experience. I would have a hard time just deciding to loathe a new team that easily. Also having the Bills moved from AFCE to a diff division would really kill alot of my (short term) interest in the sport.

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Hmmm...you mean the suits in NYC never saw a tepid reaction to the LA Chargers before the relocation of tearing out San Diego’s heart? Color me simultaneously shocked and awed! 
 

Of further note, since it’s out there, we all know it won’t stop with London. Mexico will prolly get a franchise, continental Europe...the NFL commish will basically become a new Bond villain taking over the world one TV market at a time...

 

Who knew EJ Manuel would be such a trailblazer—he already pulled off the feat of being the 1st QB to lose a game in 3 different countries, before it would become a normal deal! :P

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46 minutes ago, Warcodered said:

It would suck to be the division stuck with the London team.

It would fun to go to London every other year for a roadie though. 

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Moving the Chargers to the AFC East would make perfect sense for London...London, Ontario, that is. 🇨🇦   0:)

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39 minutes ago, NoHuddleKelly12 said:

Hmmm...you mean the suits in NYC never saw a tepid reaction to the LA Chargers before the relocation of tearing out San Diego’s heart? Color me simultaneously shocked and awed! 

 

While the league remains confident in the ability of fans in Los Angeles to embrace and support both the Rams and Chargers, we will as a matter of routine contingency planning evaluate potential mitigation efforts related to the location of various teams.

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Kick the Pats out.

Man. Imagine being in one of those divisions where 10 and 11 wins can get you the win every time, and no team is any more scary than the Texans. We've missed out on so many good moments, fun rides, just because of the freaking division we're in. Particularly since ~2014. It's not ***** fair.

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If there is so much interest in football in London, why don't they have their own league?

 

As I recall, the London Monarchs were one of the first teams in the WAFL to fold.

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Can't Portland, Salt Lake City, Columbus or Omaha get a team?  Putting two franchises in LA is one of the dumbest ideas in the long list of dumb ideas.

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6 minutes ago, Doc Brown said:

Can't Portland, Salt Lake City, Columbus or Omaha get a team?  Putting two franchises in LA is one of the dumbest ideas in the long list of dumb ideas.


How about San Diego?

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2 hours ago, Virgil said:

Would the Pats leave the division?  If so, sign me up.   It’s only a 6 hour flight.  They can suck it up.  

 

It's longer than six hours , closer to 7.5 or 8, depending on which leg, eastbound or westbound, and time of year.

Eastbound leg gets shorter the further into the fall you get, and the return leg gets longer.

 

Additionally, the system is set up as basically one way.

The flights departing the US mainland do so late in the afternoon into the evening, and the flights departing Europe leave in the morning.

The routes change every day based on winds.

Since returning teams would probably want to do that a few hours after their game, it would put them head on with all the traffic heading east, resulting in much worse route and altitude choices, further adding to flight times.

It is done, but going against that system results in significant disadvantages and route restrictions.

 

A London team with the requirement to play teams much further west would be greatly disadvantaged.

I imagine it would have free agent issues as well.

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3 hours ago, Warcodered said:

It would suck to be the division stuck with the London team.

 

No it wouldn't it would guarantee me one live game a year. I am writing to Roger to make this happen. :)

33 minutes ago, reddogblitz said:

If there is so much interest in football in London, why don't they have their own league?

 

As I recall, the London Monarchs were one of the first teams in the WAFL to fold.

 

Because NFL Europe sucked as a product. London is ready for a team now if the NFL is ready to give it one. I still feel the Jags make more sense because they have started to build a fan base here already. 

1 hour ago, arcane said:

Kick the Pats out.

Man. Imagine being in one of those divisions where 10 and 11 wins can get you the win every time, and no team is any more scary than the Texans. We've missed out on so many good moments, fun rides, just because of the freaking division we're in. Particularly since ~2014. It's not ***** fair.

 

Kicking the Pats out for the Texans right now as Brady hits the end and Watson enters his prime strikes me as bad for the Bills. 

1 hour ago, Roger Goodell said:

 

While the league remains confident in the ability of fans in Los Angeles to embrace and support both the Rams and Chargers, we will as a matter of routine contingency planning evaluate potential mitigation efforts related to the location of various teams.

 

Gimme a call Rog. 

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Move them to the AFC East then move the Bills to the AFC North with natural rivals Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Cincinnati can move to the west where they'd play against KC.

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