After going 21 years without an NFL team, the city of Los Angeles is now home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. The Rams were first to relocate, leaving St. Louis in a messy divorce that the Chargers have seemingly matched.
Their relocation became a reality after a measure to secure funding for a new stadium in San Diego failed to generate the necessary approval. Although the Chargers, like the Rams, have previous history in Los Angeles, their move hasn’t been met by the same early optimism.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos has made the rounds on local radio airwaves in an attempt to drum up support, but it’s been ill-fated. Reaction to the their relocation was immediately negative, because of the team’s logo that resembled that of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
However, according to ESPN’s Arash Markazi, the ‘LA’ logo with a lightning bolt will no longer be used:
I was told the Chargers will never use this logo again. It will go down as the shortest-lived logo in sports history. pic.twitter.com/8V5pSa12cK
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 17, 2017
Instead, it appears the franchise settled on a logo that utilizes the ‘LA’ logo with a different color scheme and additional details, per Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Tribune:
Chargers have adjusted their social-media logo for third time in two days. Now reads: "Los Angeles Chargers." pic.twitter.com/mpaLcoxWVb
— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) January 13, 2017
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, both of whom are San Diego natives, voiced their displeasure over the Chargers making the move to Los Angeles. The team played at Balboa field in San Diego from 1961-66, then moved to Qualcomm Stadium in 1967.
San Diego will make their home at the StubHub Center until the Rams’ new stadium in Inglewood, Calif. is opened for the 2019 NFL season. The city of Los Angeles now houses two teams in the NFL, NBA and MLB.