Dean Spanos is living the dream now, and has no regrets about moving the Chargers to Los Angeles

Dean Spanos is living the dream now, and has no regrets about moving the Chargers to Los Angeles

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Years of heartbreak showered Dean Spanos on the way to the polished wood, football-shaped conference table he is seated at, located in a conference room just off one of the two luxurious owners suites in SoFi Stadium. It’s Sunday, Aug. 8, and a career-defining day for the owner of the Los Angeles Chargers. About 30,000 fans of the team mill around outside awaiting a practice, their first time inside since the stadium opened a year ago, and the first time the Chargers are welcoming fans to a real home since 2016, their penultimate season in San Diego.

There were the 15 years of fruitless political battles in San Diego over a new stadium that never came; Spanos’ white-faced shock after the 2016 vote by NFL owners in favor of what would become the L.A.

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