“We embrace any team that comes, we’re certainly happy to have the Chargers in L.A. But I think we could have been happy with just one [team], too.” - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
I guess my only question is whether or not Dean Spanos and crew did literally ANY research whatsoever before deciding to uproot the Chargers to Los Angeles. Seriously, is it possible that an NFL owner didn't have even one single conversation with a knowledgable person that might have a better idea of well the presence of his organization would be received before moving it within the geographical equivalent of a spitting distance away from another recently relocated franchise? Like, I know it's far too early to make an official judgement on a team that's still years away from playing in a regulation size stadium that was built for their sport, but if the 'Los Angeles Chargers' end up being even mildly successful it certainly won't be a credit to their ownership's extensive investigation into fan interest in the area.
I wasn't a fly on the wall so I can't say for sure. However, if the mayor's apathy towards their addition is any indication, then the Chargers' idea of a "focus group" may have been sitting a bunch of wealthy, out-of-touch white men in a conference room and having them stare intently into each other's eyes while beating their dicks to the thought of penetrating the Los Angeles market.
Due to his profession, Eric Garcetti had all the incentive in the world to sound excited about the Chargers on a public platform...and he essentially gave the same answer you'd give to a waitress that asked if you wanted a refill on a half-full glass of water. Comparatively speaking, that response made "eh, I guess so" sound like "yes sir, may I please have another". If that's not a sign that the Dean Spanos did the much, much more costly version of submitting the official seating chart and paying the caterers before even sending out the RSVP's then I don't know what the hell is...