Sometime over the summer, the mayor, city attorney and county supervisor spearheading the work to keep the Chargers in San Diego decided to switch from trying to mollify the Chargers and owner Dean Spanos to trying to persuade the NFL to force Spanos to stay.
Last week, that effort reached its bitter end. They failed.
The NFL, led by Commissioner Roger Goodell, concluded in a special report to owners that the city and county and its negotiators had left too much uncertainty on the table.
“The primary sources of uncertainty include that the proposal requires a public vote, which would not occur until June 2016 at the earliest. Failure to receive voter approval would prevent the project from moving forward,” Goodell’s report reads. This section was provided by a source who asked for anonymity as the sensitive talks continue.