Sport San Diego faces reality of NFL stadium frenzy with Chargers move

10:05  12 january  2017
10:05  12 january  2017 Source:   Sports Illustrated

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  Report: NFL meeting Wednesday to clear path for Raiders move to Vegas Just as it seemed the San Diego Chargers were destined to join the Rams in Los Angeles, there’s more information coming out that this might not be inevitable. More than that, at least one report is now suggesting that the NFL is meeting Wednesday in an attempt to clear a path for the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas. This meeting is apparently under the pretext that’s there’s more hope in salvaging the Chargers’ stay in San Diego than keeping the Raiders in Northern California.

San Diego ’s proposal is dead in the water—shot down within minutes in a public statement by the Chargers . Negotiations are all but dead right now. The NFL , with three teams angling toward Los Angeles and three cities bidding against each other to offer the best deal and get its team to stay, isn’t about to accept anything that requires the league and the Chargers to pay 0 million when it doesn’t need to. (The Union-Tribune, cheerleading for a new stadium , writes that San Diego offered to cover “a mere 33 percent” of the stadium ’s cost.

Apr 23, 2016; San Diego , CA, USA; San Diego Chargers fan Dan Jauregui aka Boltman poses with Charger fans during rally to gather signatures for citizen. The NFL pledged 0 million towards a new stadium if the team could work out a deal with San Diego . Dec 20, 2015; San Diego , CA, USA; San Diego Chargers fans hold sign relating to the potential move to Los Angeles after the season after the game against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium .

There is no good football reason to cheer the San Diego Chargers’ long-plotted northward march to Los Angeles, which, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, will become official as soon as Thursday.

A city that had demonstrated no great yearning for professional football has now been stuck with two teams in the last 13 months—not good teams, either, but historically middling franchises that have lately hit bottom. They have combined for one playoff appearance in the last 19 seasons. Neither has a head coach; both finished in the league’s bottom seven this year.

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But many, many more people are NOT fans of the San Diego Chargers . This 2016 Deadspin NFL team preview is for those in the latter group. Read all the previews so far here. The highlight of the Chargers entire year for me was imagining Spanos’s old, withered, Game-of-Thrones-guy-who-fucks-all-of-his-daughters-out-north-of-the-wall looking face when he realized he wasn’t going to get the votes to move to his own stadium in L.A. And if you have any faith that this entitled, sun-dried.

So how would the Raiders moving to Las Vegas be good news for San Diego ? Well for starters, it buys the city more time. With the Raiders in Las Vegas, the threat of them moving to Los Angeles instead of the Chargers is gone, so Dean Spanos doesn’t have as strong a deadline to decide whether to stay or go. Then comes this quote: Cowboys' Stephen Jones calls SD a "great NFL market" and "it's just a tough stadium solution right now everybody is trying to work through".

The Chargers have gone sideways for the better part of a decade now, squandering Philip Rivers’ prime. The Rams have been worse, failing to field a top-20 offense in any of the last 10 years. In 2016, they ranked last in yards gained for the second straight season. The people of Los Angeles probably would have preferred getting a second David Spade to getting a second so-so NFL franchise.

But the relocation circus of the last two years never had a whit to do with what the people of Los Angeles wanted, or for that matter with football. It had everything to do with the arms race among owners to build the most futuristic and opulent stadiums possible, which began in earnest in 2005, when the City of Arlington broke ground on Jerry Jones’s $1.2 billion palace in Dallas. It opened in 2009 as the sport’s first ten-figure stadium. The Jets and Giants owners topped that just the next year, with the ribbon-cutting at the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium. Then came the $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in 2014, and the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for 2016. And next year will bring the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

Chargers announce they're moving to Los Angeles

  Chargers announce they're moving to Los Angeles The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, where they will join the recently relocated Rams in giving the nation's second-largest media market two NFL teams for the first time in decades. Spanos cited the Chargers' long history in San Diego. "But today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers," Spanos said in the letter.

✕ San Diego Chargers Stadium . Will the NFL help the Chargers Stay in SD? In reality , this solution costs the NFL only million more than they were already prepared to spend to keep both the Chargers and Raiders in their home markets, while giving San Diego a realistic chance to keep the Chargers , and protecting the Rams in Los Angeles.

There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the future of the San Diego Chargers , but the most pressing need at the current moment is to find a new head coa Aug 15, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason NFL football game at University of Phoenix Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

  San Diego faces reality of NFL stadium frenzy with Chargers move © Provided by TIME Inc.

These buildings are in use no more than a couple dozen days each year, and they are built, in most cases, with substantial contributions from taxpayers. They are incapable of achieving many of their supposed purposes—creating economic stimulus, providing public space—but they sure make imposing if not especially enduring monuments to NFL owners. (“Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”)

This boom will reach its apogee with the expected 2019 opening of Stan Kroenke’s $2.6 billion Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park. (Two-plus billion buys you quite a mouthful.) That real-estate development, which will include offices, restaurants, TV studios, luxury hotels, and a theater in addition to the stadium, is nothing less than the reason the Rams were allowed to leave St. Louis last January. The proposed shared Chargers/Raiders building in Carson, Calif.? A puny $1.78 billion project. Hence NFL owners’ preference for Kroenke’s relocation application, and the Chargers’ looming status as his tenants.

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The San Diego Chargers are working with the Oakland Raiders on a proposal to build a .7 billion NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area , Chargers ’ special counsel Mark Fabiani confirmed to NBC 7 Thursday. Both teams will still seek new stadiums in San Diego and Oakland, but if the deals fall through, they want a backup in Carson, California. After 14 years of seeking a new San Diego stadium , the Chargers have set a deadline for the city: end of the year. If they can't get a local option then, they'll move forward with a shared stadium .

Also: you’re moving ! Pack your bags, Chargers fans, because your shitass team is heading up the Interstate to share a stadium with your most hated rivals! They even brought in noted shitbag Carmen Policy to oversee the whole thing. I know that sounds horrible, but just wait until you see the designs! [Correction: these are the designs for a proposed San Diego stadium , the one the NFL said will never ever happen.]

An observer from outside the sports world could reasonably conclude that the NFL is in actuality a trade group for land barons, and that the game of football is a front. Most owners seem to aspire to little more than keeping up with the Joneses—Jerry and Stephen, in this case. Each new stadium and each renovation pushes existing stadiums toward supposed obsolescence, hence the recent remodeling efforts at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Arrowhead Stadium, Bank of America Stadium, and at New Era Field. Lambeau Field has been renovated twice since 2000. (Recall, also, that the supposed decrepitude of the Edward Jones Dome—it had fallen out of the “first-tier” of NFL stadiums—allowed the Rams to break their lease in 2015.) What’s better than a new building when fans are footing the bill?

A rising tide lifts all boats; construction seems to spur only more construction. Except, that is, in San Diego, where old Qualcomm Stadium has sat, unrenovated, since 1967. And will continue to sit, even as the Chargers get up and walk away. That was the outcome of the November vote that denied the Chargers public funding for a proposed $1.8 billion stadium in downtown San Diego. The ballot measure, which would have increased hotel taxes, needed two-thirds support to pass; it received a little over 40 percent. 

With Chargers' move, NFL's L.A. love affair breaks yet another city's heart

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A recent ESPN report states that they will announce a move from San Diego to L.A. as early at Thursday. Dean Spanos, the Chargers owner, had been trying for 16 years to find a solution in San Diego . Thus, the funding gap was 0 million (.2 billion for the proposed San Diego stadium construction cost minus the 0 million from the Chargers and the NFL ).

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Though Chargers fans loathed owner Dean Spanos before the move and have probably seen their antipathy quadruple tonight, he looks like a hometown loyalist compared to Kroenke and the Raiders’ Mark Davis, who is currently trying to ditch Oakland for Las Vegas. Spanos wasn’t aching to move. Instead he was holding out for a deal that became less and less likely the more time passed. He had to fold sometime, and the league had imposed a Tuesday deadline. 

Then again, he was holding out for such a deal because he had looked around the league and saw that nearly every other owner had landed one. Spanos is not a singularly repulsive NFL owner but in fact one whose repulsive entitlement is the norm. Bizarrely, the only winners in all of this, as ESPN’s Mina Kimes pointed out, are the people of San Diego, who have successfully stuck it to a billionaire. Their reward is the loss of their beloved football team.

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<p>Chargers owner Dean Spanos is willing pay a $550 million relocation fee to become football’s equivalent of the L.A. Clippers.</p>He still doesn’t, even after Thursday’s announcement that the team is “determined to fight for LA” – a slightly awkward declaration of war for a market occupied the past year by the Rams and their owner, Stan Kroenke, who is set to become Spanos’ landlord.

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