Chargers' Dean Spanos among NFL's 100 most important people

Dean Spanos isn't the most well-liked character in San Diego these days, but the Chargers chairman is one of the most powerful figures the National Football League. 

That's reflected in a recently-released USA TODAY Sports ranking of the 100 most important people in the NFL. Spanos comes in at No. 21 on the list, largely because of the reason his Bolts have been making news lately. 


Spurned by fellow owners in his attempt to move the team to the Los Angeles area, he is now hoping San Diego voters approve a new stadium initiative in November. Spanos still currently has the option to move the Chargers to L.A. next year.

Although Spanos has given up day-to-day operations of the Chargers to his sons, he's still in charge of big picture items, such as the effort to move to Los Angeles. With that failing to go the way he wanted, Spanos is back to hoping to make a new stadium in downtown San Diego happen.

In addition to his career work with the Chargers, including his role as president beginning in 1994, Spanos has played an integral part in various aspects of the NFL. Per the team website, he's served on the Management Council Executive Committee, helped negotiate the league's current labor agreement and is also chairman of the NFL's Business Ventures Committee. 

None of it will matter to San Diego fans, though, if he can't keep the Bolts in town. 

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