Chargers make $3.3M profit rather than paying $23M in rent thanks to settlements

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2014, file photo, the San Diego Chargers play against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The Chargers were paid nearly $3.3 million by the city to play at Qualcomm Stadium from 2006 through 2013, thanks to generous rent credits and reimbursements from a settlement that made the stadium compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The San Diego Chargers were paid nearly $3.3 million by the city to play at Qualcomm Stadium from 2006 through 2013, thanks to rent credits and reimbursements from a settlement that made the stadium compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Without the ADA settlement and rent credits, the Chargers would have owed the city nearly $23 million during that span, according to figures provided by the city.

Final figures for the 2014 season haven’t been calculated, but the Chargers stand to again make a profit for playing at the aging stadium they say can no longer sustain them financially.

The Chargers are threatening to move to the Los Angeles area if they don’t get a new stadium.

The last time the city made money from the Chargers was 2006, when it cleared $20,369, according to city figures.

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