LA Won’t Have a Football Team in 2012

Looks like local NFL fans will have to wait at least one more season before they have their own football team to root for.

The San Diego Chargers won’t break their lease at Qualcomm Stadium and will remain in the 619 for at least the 2012 season.

The team and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders released a joint statement Monday:

The City of San Diego and the Chargers continue to work closely together to explore publicly acceptable ways to build a new Super Bowl-quality stadium on the bus maintenance yard site in the East Village of downtown San Diego. To give this ongoing process every chance to succeed, the Chargers have announced that the team will not trigger the lease’s termination clause in 2012. Both the Mayor’s Office and the Chargers look forward to continuing their joint efforts to build a multi-use stadium that will benefit the entire region.

There’s a three-month window between February and April every year that allows the Chargers to break their lease, which doesn’t expire until 2020. Other teams rumored in making the move to LA include the St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and our neighbors to the north, the Oakland Raiders.

You know what would help sway the Chargers to pack their things and make the move up I-5?

A football stadium. Minor detail when it comes to a franchise, I know, but it does make a difference.