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Chargers pitch Carson proposal to NFL owners

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Chargers will kick what could be their final preseason in San Diego on Thursday.

Despite the city's latest efforts to talk to the team about a proposed stadium in Mission Valley, the Bolts are still refusing to negotiate.

It’s the billion dollar question: will the Chargers stay in San Diego and build a new stadium by the Q or leave for Los Angeles?

There's still no answer from the NFL after a meeting with team owners, but there is plenty of frustration from fans. 

Johnny Abundez flew 2,000 miles from to San Diego to Chicago to save our Bolts. He spoke to CBS News 8 as he boarded the plane back home, optimistic but disappointed.

"It's not about San Diego right now, it's a race to Los Angeles,” said Abundez.

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After NFL owners met in the suburbs of Chicago Tuesday, there's still no clear answer on if the Chargers will leave America's Finest City, where they've called home since 1961, for Los Angeles.

The Chargers and Raiders presented a stadium proposal for Carson worth $1.7 billion to the NFL while the Rams pushed plans for a venue in Inglewood. This happened while the league's executive vice president was cautiously positive about a $1.1 billion stadium at Qualcomm.

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"No, I don't get nervous except during the games,” said Chargers owner Dean Spanos.

Spanos and Mark Davis talked to the league for 30 minutes each.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said there was no official vote at yesterday's meeting. However the league says if a team moves it could be as fast as the 2016 season.

Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner: "That's the key issue for us making sure whatever we decide as a membership that we have the ability to be successful in Los Angeles."

A former 49ers executive who now oversees the Carson project said relocating to Los Angeles has its advantages.

"If the Chargers and Raiders go to LA what you've done is create a mega-market from Santa Barbara to Mexico and you increase your population in that market by over 3.2 million people,” explained Carmen Policy.

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"How much money do you really need? How much is greed? I know a big following in San Diego won't follow to Carson,” countered Abundez.

So what's next in this ongoing battle? The owners will meet again in October in New York, but no relocation vote is planned. 

The Carson project leader believes a decision could be made in time for the Super Bowl. 

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