LOS ANGELES — The Athletic, citing National Football League sources, reported Monday night that the league has discussed the possibility of the Los Angeles Chargers moving to London.
Vincent Bonsignore writes that the team “would at least listen if the NFL approached them about London as a possible option.”
Bonsignore adds that NFL owners, amid a “tepid embracement of the Chargers” in Los Angeles, “would provide the necessary support for a location to London if the Chargers pursue it.”
If the Chargers were to move, it would likely be into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Bonsignore reports.
London has done everything possible to show the #NFL it’s prepared to be the permanent home for a team. The league, and the Los Angeles #Chargers, are willing to consider the U.K. as a viable new home. My exclusive for @TheAthletic https://t.co/rHiF2zavIb
— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) November 5, 2019
The NFL has long focused on making in-roads in Europe, and has been holding at least one game in London since the 2007 season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, a team owned by billionaire businessman Shahid “Shad” Khan, who already owns a soccer club in London, are often floated as a contender to move. The Jaguars have played a home game in London each of the last seven years.
The Chargers played a game in London once in 2008 and again in 2018.