Last month, the San Diego City Council authorized the expenditure of $500,000 toward a study that possibly would make a lot more than $500,000 available to assist with the construction of a new stadium for the Chargers in downtown San Diego.
Now, Scott Bair of the North County Times reports that the Chargers are “pouring their focus” into the project, which could land on a ballot by 2012.
The proposal has received an endorsement from mayor Jerry Sanders, something that Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani regards as a very good sign.
“The support of the mayor, the city council, the county board of
supervisors and other community leaders is essential to winning at
the ballot box,” Fabiani said, per Bair. “Without that support, it doesn’t
make sense to put something on the ballot.”
The fact that folks in San Diego have gotten serious about keeping the Chargers after years of apathy also suggests that the locals realize that Los Angeles is getting closer to luring a team back to town — and that if the Chargers don’t have a new home in their long-time home, they’ll become prime candidates to return to their original home of L.A.
So this means that, in the end, California could be moving toward a net gain of one NFL team, if team that plays in L.A. comes from a city other than San Diego, San Francisco, or Oakland.
In turn, it means that there could be a net loss of one NFL team in Florida. Or Minnesota.