The San Diego Chargers are now one step closer to relocating to Los Angeles, a city which hasn't had a professional American football team since 1994. Mark Fabiani, who is one of the main officials responsible for the potential L.A. efforts, told San Diego radio station Mighty 1090 AM that the team ownership was indeed planning on filing the necessary paperwork for a possible return to the Tinseltown city.

Fabiani cited the very real possibility that the two other NFL teams will file for relocation to Los Angeles and explained that the Chargers have to do what they can to preserve the future marketing of their franchise.

Desperate times may call for desperate measures, Fabiani indicated, because over "25 percent of our season ticket holders are from the L.A. area." Fabiani and other team officials feel that a potential move to Los Angeles is a decision that makes the most economic sense for the franchise.

The team official also indicated that it would take a "coordinated effort" from the public in order to keep the team in the area. However, he and many others within the organization do not feel that such an effort is happening.

"If a solution were to occur it would have to come from the Citizens' Iniative Process," Fabiani said. "At this point in time the leadership in San Diego does not seem to be indicating any interest in keeping the team in its present location."

The three teams who are considering a move to L.A.

include the St. Louis Rams, the Oakland Raiders, and the Chargers. The NFL has announced that it will hold public hearings in order to inform the public about the potential for relocation. San Diego's hearing is scheduled to take place on the 28th of this month. Philip Rivers, who is one of the fan favorites for the Chargers, recently had a career dayagainst the Green Bay Packers, but their strong defensepreserved the victory.

Rivers has often complained that the stadium in San Diego is difficult because of the crowd noise from opposing fans.

All three of the potential L.A. teams have been relocated before. The Chargers began in L.A. in 1960 and the Rams moved from Cleveland in 1946. The Raiders originally began play in the Oakland area in 1960 and moved to Los Angeles in 1982. They eventually would move back to Oakland after the 1994 season.

The Chargers can only be approved to relocate to the area if they get approval from 24 of the league's 32 owners.

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