Alamo City Beat Oct 16, 2013, 2:34pm CDT San Antonio an option for Chargers if NFL team bolts, San Diego columnist says Enlarge Photo Illustration by Julian Cordero / SABJ San Antonio's Alamodome could be an option for a relocating Chargers NFL team if the football club is unable to reach an agreement with San Diego, according to one sports columnist. There is a good chance, perhaps an ever-increasing chance, that the San Diego Chargers will throw up their hands, end their quest for a new stadium in Southern California and move to another market. Could the team wind up in San Antonio? It’s possible, says one veteran Chargers observer. San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Kevin Acee believes the Chargers are ripe for the picking. Acee, who was the Chargers beat writer for several years before becoming a columnist, wrote recently, “The only way the Chargers will stay is if they get a new place to play.” He is not optimistic that San Diego leaders will come through in time with a workable plan. The natives are restless. Apathy may be setting in. On Monday, the Chargers nearly became the first NFL franchise in the new millennium to have a Monday Night Football appearance blacked out in its local television market. Sponsors had to step in and purchase several thousand unsold tickets to prevent the embarrassment of a black out, according to Acee. I reached out to the Union-Tribune columnist on Wednesday to ask him about the gravity of the situation in San Diego. “I believe the Chargers will leave at some point, though I certainly think city leaders here will eventually decide they want to actually do something constructive to help keep the team,” Acee tells me. “Will it be too late? That’s a real possibility.” The Chargers’ current home, Qualcomm Stadium, was built in 1967. It’s a relic compared to most NFL venues. The Alamodome, which opened in 1993, could use some major improvements, but it’s less than half the age of Qualcomm and newer than a number of other NFL venues. Earlier this year, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has close ties to Chargers owner Dean Spanos, was queried by the San Diego newspaper about the possibility of the team relocating to South Texas. Perry told Union-Tribune reporters, “Dean is a good friend and I would be lying if I didn’t tell you ... we would love to have their athletic club (in San Antonio),” The idea is not so far fetched. “San Antonio could be a legitimate option,” Acee tells me. He adds, however, that there are “two powerful owners in Texas who might have a problem with a third team in the state.” The NFL has three teams in California at present. There are also three teams in Florida and New York. Ohio has the same number of NFL teams as Texas. Where the Chargers go is a guessing game at this point. But there is a certain level of confidence among some in Southern California that the team won’t stay in San Diego. “The reality is this: Once a city comes calling with a legitimate deal (and to think that won’t happen at some point is foolish), the Chargers will leave,” Acee says. W. Scott Bailey covers health care, tourism, sports business, economic development; he also plans and edits some special reports.