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CHARGERS TESTING THE LOS ANGELES WATERS?

In the latest chapter of the never-ending saga of the NFL potentially returning to Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers have hired an L.A. marketing firm, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Although the article by Sam Farmer described the hiring of Wasserman Media Group as a move to promote the Chargers in L.A. and Orange County, it also notes that the transaction will probably be interpreted by many as an NFL franchise testing the waters for a possible move to the nation’s second-largest market.
Los Angeles hasn’t had a team to call its own since the Raiders and Rams left town following the 1994 season.
“The bottom line is Los Angeles and Orange County are two of the most lucrative markets in the world,” Mark Fabiani, who leads the Chargers’ efforts on stadium issues, told the Times. “There’s no NFL team in those markets, and there’s no reason the Chargers can’t pursue those areas in these difficult economic times.”
Per the article, the Chargers have clashed with local officials for the past seven years in their efforts to get a new stadium built. And the team’s three-month window to move the franchise starts ticking Sunday, which happens to be the the same day as Super Bowl XLIII.
According to the team’s lease arrangement with the city of San Diego, that chance to relocate the team will continue to open for three months annually at this time of year. 
Meanwhile, the city of San Diego is prevented from seeking legal remedies against the Chargers or the league to stop a move if it’s compensated with a $56 million termination fee that will shrink each year.
(Random Ron Burgundy line goes here: Great Odin’s raven! By the way, I bet the Anchorman loved the Chargers’ groovy fight song.)
Whether it’s saber-rattling or not, the Chargers seem determined to explore their options after spending $10 million to look into potential new stadium sites in Chula Vista in San Diego County.
“We’re definitely a lot closer to the end of this process than the beginning,” Fabiani said. “This is not a process that can go on forever.”
When it comes to possibly packing up and moving, the Chargers seem to be poised to bolt ahead of the Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings because they’re both contractually bound to their respective cities through the 2011 season.
Even if a team wants to move, there are unresolved stadium issues in Southern California. The latest stadium proposal on the table is Ed Roski’s idea to build a stadium in the small town of Industry, Calif.
There’s also talk about a possible L.A. Super Bowl.
“I would be open-minded,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer said. “We have to see the situation in L.A. at the time, the potential for solving the situation there. .. I think it’s more important to have a team in L.A., whether it’s the 49th or the 53rd Super Bowl. That’s the bigger issue.”
While there are a ton of thorny issues involved here, there’s also a lot of potential money to be made if the NFL ever returns to Los Angeles. And that’s why this conversation never seems to die.

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9 Responses to “CHARGERS TESTING THE LOS ANGELES WATERS?”
  1. empty13 says: Jan 27, 2009 8:55 AM

    why not just drop 2 expansion teams in LA.
    name them the LA Whatevers and the Orange Orange.

  2. SpartaChris says: Jan 27, 2009 10:11 AM

    >>According to the team’s lease arrangement with the city of San Diego, that chance to relocate the team will continue to open for three months annually at this time of year. <<
    Huh?

  3. SpartaChris says: Jan 27, 2009 10:13 AM

    >>Whether it’s saber-rattling or not, the Chargers seem determined to explore their options after spending $10 million to look into potential new stadium sites in Chula Vista in San Diego County.<<
    It wasn’t just Chula Vista. They also looked in Oceanside at possible locations. The city of Oceanside even built a commuter rail to transport folks to the site when it looked like a deal was going to go through, but alas, no deal.

  4. bavaro89 says: Jan 27, 2009 10:24 AM

    I understand the Chargers’ stadium is older than most of its peers, but it looks like a nice stadium that’s in good shape. Why can’t they renovate the current stadium like the Bears, Packers and Chiefs did?

  5. HartLeeDykes says: Jan 27, 2009 11:46 AM

    The City of Industry is one of the most disgusting places on earth. It houses the Farmer John pig slaughterhouse and many, many other businesses that create the smell of death that permeates the whole area. When you get off the freeway in the City of Industry you know it, as the smell of death and decomposing waste is in your car immediately. This area is also rife with illegal immigrants, corners full of illegal street vendors, drugs… talk about depressing, why not Gary Indiana? That is equally disgusting. Better yet, they might as well put the stadium in Compton. How about on the corner of Crenshaw and Hawthorne?
    It would be fitting for LA to place a stadium in this yellow sky area. They should call the team the LA Pig Killers.
    PS. Bacon is gooood, pork chops are goood.

  6. zygi milf says: Jan 27, 2009 11:48 AM

    @ Bob_Nelson – what the hell do you know about San Diego? In previous posts, you tried to come off as a Packer fan living in Minneapolis. Were you lying to us Bob? I guess you really don’t want another team to move to L.A. to spoil your dream of the Vikings moving. BTW – nice racist statement at the end, there.
    And here is something that you should know (even as a moron) – the way the economy is right now, there is NO WAY public funding is going to be used to build a stadium, whether it is in Minneapolis, Los Angeles or San Diego.

  7. SpartaChris says: Jan 27, 2009 12:34 PM

    >>zygi milf says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 11:48 am
    @ Bob_Nelson – what the hell do you know about San Diego? In previous posts, you tried to come off as a Packer fan living in Minneapolis. Were you lying to us Bob? I guess you really don’t want another team to move to L.A. to spoil your dream of the Vikings moving. BTW – nice racist statement at the end, there.<<
    Not racist if it’s true, jackass. I have to drive through Chula Vista to get to my dad’s house, and speaking first hand, it’s literally an Americanized version of TJ.

  8. zygi milf says: Jan 27, 2009 3:29 PM

    @ SpartaChris – No – it’s still racist – see the words “Chulajuana” and “taco stand.”

  9. SpartaChris says: Jan 27, 2009 4:49 PM

    >>zygi milf says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    @ SpartaChris – No – it’s still racist – see the words “Chulajuana” and “taco stand.”<<
    It’s not racist just because you say it is, and if you ‘d ever been there, you’d know that his statement isn’t racist. In fact, Chula Vista is only 10 miles north of TJ, and is one of the most active gateways for illegal alien border crossings. Chula Vista is predominately hispanic with a large portion of that population being of questionable legal citizenship. The living conditions they bring with them make it almost like TJ North.
    And, there are taco stands in Chula Vista. In fact, about 2,700 in and near CV, according to google.

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