On the plus side, they’re not really disappointing anyone—because, apparently, no one in Los Angeles cares about the team that moved from San Diego this past offseason.
There is a large contingent of Miami Dolphin fans at StubHub Center. The crowd is chanting, “Let’s go Dolphins!” pic.twitter.com/QpspaO7hQM
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 17, 2017
Might be at least a third Dolphins fans here so far. So there might be legit 15,000 Chargers fans at their L.A. debut.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) September 17, 2017
According to the Athletic’s Don Banks, the NFL was never crazy about the team’s move to Los Angeles in the first place, and the league is already considering relocating them back to San Diego.
“I have been painted a picture from people I’ve talked to that the league was sympathetic … to [Chargers owner] Dean Spanos’ plight,” Banks told Darren Smith on 1090 AM in San Diego. “Feels like he had been a ‘league guy.’ Feels like he had waited kind of his turn on the relocation front, thought he had the votes the year before—Jerry Jones and Stan Kroenke pretty much outmaneuvered Dean and Mark Davis with the Raiders to be the first in line for LA. So it was almost as if this was a bit of a makeup.
“I can tell you this Darren, there are people in the league — including the commissioner—they did not want to see San Diego forsaken. They would rather there be a team in San Diego. If there’s anything viable that they could find to put the league back in to San Diego, I think they will be in that camp strongly.”
For now, the Chargers are playing in the diminutive StubHub Center—and they’ve failed to fill the 27,000-seat venue in either of their home games.
More from Banks:
They’re saying the right things now and they’re going to keep a stiff upper lip and say that “we knew that this was going to be a hard slog uphill.” There’s a lot of concern already. And there’s a lot of people who are thinking, “How can we put up with these optics for the next three years if the Chargers can’t improve the situation in Carson?” … I think they’re talking about it. I do. I think there’s already a level of concern at how far south it’s gone, that there are at least people talking about it…I don’t think a true tipping point has been reached, it’s too early for that. But I think there’s enough concern that people are saying, “What’s the best option perhaps among bad options?”