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Report: Anschutz poised to buy 35 percent of Chargers

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From an unlikely news outlet comes the latest development in the looming push to put an NFL team back in Los Angeles.  Veteran Toronto-based sports personality Bob McCown of the Fan 590 reports that Philip Anschutz “has or will purchase” 35 percent of the Chargers.

McCown adds that the move “apparently” will be the first step in a move of the team to Los Angeles.

The report meshes with recent remarks from Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani, who attempted to throw water on a potential connection between an attempt to sell a chunk of the franchise and the rumors of a possible move of the team to L.A.

We are concerned,” Fabiani told the San Diego Union-Tribune.  “There’s been a confluence, a merging of several different stories, and we’re going to have to work hard to see that people know the real facts.”

But Fabiani added this little tidbit:  “If AEG buys a piece of this team, then people have a right to be concerned.”

Anschutz is AEG, and if McCown’s report is accurate, it soon will be time for folks in San Diego to worry about their team moving back to the city where it played its first AFL season.

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26 Responses to “Report: Anschutz poised to buy 35 percent of Chargers”
  1. hobartbaker says: Nov 30, 2010 10:32 PM

    Anschutz! Just when they start winning again.

  2. hooterdawg says: Nov 30, 2010 10:34 PM

    A clown like AJ Smith will wilt under the criticism of a real sportstown like LA. Poor Kevin Acee will be left to cover San Diego State and local high school ball.

  3. sdboltaction says: Nov 30, 2010 10:50 PM

    Who the hell is Anschutz, and is this good? I’m from Orange County and LA is about a half hour closer for me… I personally think the Chargers are better off in SD, but I’m a fan for life, through thick and thin!

  4. beastroid says: Nov 30, 2010 10:51 PM

    @hooterdawg SDSU is back on the track to respectability, and the local high schools produce some of the best talent in Cali (See Foster, Arian)

  5. sathguy says: Nov 30, 2010 10:52 PM

    there goes the supposed leverage of an LA stadium for the Vikings…

  6. 7pints says: Nov 30, 2010 10:52 PM

    Wait… I don’t get it. They are going to move from a city where they can’t sell out a home game to a city where they can’t sell out a h0me game??? How many times do you need to give LA an NFL franchise to realize they don’t care? Have you ever watched a Dodger’s game? Late to arrive, first to leave.

  7. realitypolice says: Nov 30, 2010 10:52 PM

    hobartbaker says:
    Nov 30, 2010 10:32 PM
    Anschutz! Just when they start winning again.

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    Not sure what that means, but if you are insinuating that Anschutz would somehow destroy the Chargers, I think you’re off base.

    Anschutz is a spectacularly successfull businessman who took a barren wasteland of downtown LA and turned it into the Staples Center and LA Live.

    If you mean Anschutz involvement means the Chargers are definitely heading to LA, you’re right.

    Anschutz and Wasserman won’t be stopped. Within 5 years there will be a new convention center and football stadium adjacent to LA Live hosting the LA Chargers, Vikings, or Jaguars.

    As so many annoying posters before me have said:

    Mark it down.

  8. kcfanatic says: Nov 30, 2010 11:01 PM

    Seems like a conflict of interest for AEG to own a part of a franchise and represent so many different sports teams, venues and cities.

  9. phuqewe says: Nov 30, 2010 11:10 PM

    Any NFL team in LA will be a failure! LA is a transplant city full of fans from all NFL teams. San Diego Charger fans will probably turn on the team as well and the gang-bangers will always follow the Raiders. Who are these morons thinking that a move to SmellA is a great idea? Build a great stadium in San Diego and get the SuperBowl back for starters. Qualcomm is a complete joke. Move the team for one year while you bulldoze Qualcomm and built a state of the art facility.

  10. tommykramer says: Nov 30, 2010 11:16 PM

    “Anschutz!”

    God Bless You.

  11. trollaikman8 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:16 PM

    Good job Spanos family.

  12. JSpicoli says: Nov 30, 2010 11:19 PM

    A real sports town like LA? Lol

    Tell me again how it’ll be the Raiders moving to LA. Oaktown is home.

  13. triwhileblack says: Nov 30, 2010 11:20 PM

    A clown like AJ Smith will wilt under the criticism of a real sportstown like LA. Poor Kevin Acee will be left to cover San Diego State and local high school ball.

    Did you just say that? You know its been almost 20 years since two football teams left this “real” sports town and its been 30 years since you took Donald Sterling off of San Diego’s hands. I love LA and the Chargers (in San Diego) hopefully the Jags will come to LA and leave my bolts in SD.

  14. scampbell1975 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:32 PM

    Time for folks in San Diego to worry? No one in this town cares about football. These people are the most fair weather fans on the planet. Do you know how many games are blaqcked out here? Ridiculous.

  15. beauregard says: Nov 30, 2010 11:36 PM

    Can he take the Padres with him too?

  16. hobartbaker says: Nov 30, 2010 11:57 PM

    Of course, this is McClown reporting. He’s just as likely to assault your eardrums about the full cavity search he had to undergo from those little green guys in the big circular craft with all the flashing lights last night, on his way home from the public house.

  17. thedudesnotin says: Dec 1, 2010 12:11 AM

    I bet this story is kept under wraps until the new CBA is agreed upon.

    I can see the NFL then awarding two franchises for the 2014 season.

    Los Angeles and…..

  18. raiders4life says: Dec 1, 2010 12:17 AM

    Raiders own the LA market. Al Davis will not allow this to happen.

  19. rajbais says: Dec 1, 2010 12:33 AM

    Good!!! Move it to L.A. because idiots like Dean Spanos have kept low life pieces of crap AJ Smith in town and don’t admit that their stadium is a dump.

    It’s okay to renew the facilities and venues because players are human too. Florio bought a new car because a 1968 Volkswagen van finally aged (in his opinion) this past year. PFT has readers that live in families that renovate their homes and work in offices that needed or were modernized.

    If owners and players are spoiled because a new stadium makes them look greedy, what does that say about us?

    Players and owners are people too and if all “normal people” who see “typical renovations” were given the access that the players had they would wonder if rats made babies near disgusting lockers too!!!

  20. andyprough says: Dec 1, 2010 12:36 AM

    So, the San Diego fans will have to sit in traffic for 3 hours to see their beloved lightning bolts. How is that any different from their daily commute?

    I fail to see how placing a team on one side of the parking-lot-known-as-Southern-California is any different from placing it on a different side of the parking-lot-known-as-Southern-California.

  21. R8RBOB says: Dec 1, 2010 12:43 AM

    If the dude that controls AEG which built the Staples Center is buying 35 percent of the Chargers then it is a done deal that the Spanos will move the Chargers back to Los Angeles. AEG has talked about building a stadium next to Staples and if they own a piece of the Chargers then that is the motivation to move forward. No more talk about the RAIDERS.

  22. xtb3 says: Dec 1, 2010 1:25 AM

    Not so fast.

  23. natelan says: Dec 1, 2010 1:40 AM

    This Charger fan has just begun an immediate boycott of the Chargers, because I don’t respond well to being lied to.

    Of course we saw it coming and no one is surprised, so they also should not be surprised that I (and a few like-minded peers) are done spending money on the ring-less wonders.

    The holdout softens the blow a bit, but in all, I’m quite pleased to be getting my Sundays back.

    They can name the new LA team “Raiders #2″ because San Diego fans will wash their hands clean of these liars.

    Good luck on another 50 years of worthless and inconsequential football.

    A personal and heartfelt “thank you” to the players, you guys (-VJ the drunk) are high-quality people and players. I feel badly that you also will have to get situated in a new town and re-establish yourselves and fanbase. I’m also sorry that you’ll have to continue working for this miserable excuse of an NFL franchise.

  24. joetoronto says: Dec 1, 2010 5:24 AM

    I can see it now, long time Raider fans in LA welcoming Charger fans “home”.

  25. steelerfan9598 says: Dec 1, 2010 7:00 AM

    It’s 2 hours away. Big deal.

    Why don’t they just name the Raiders the Los Angeles Raiders of Oakland and call it a day? LOL (Baseball joke)

  26. joetoronto says: Dec 2, 2010 7:01 AM

    hobartbaker says: Nov 30, 2010 11:57 PM

    Of course, this is McClown reporting. He’s just as likely to assault your eardrums about the full cavity search he had to undergo from those little green guys in the big circular craft with all the flashing lights last night, on his way home from the public house.
    *********************************************************
    McCown has been doing his thing in T.O. for decades and I don’t ever recall him being wrong when he’s said something big was about to happen.

    If you don’t like him, that’s another thing altogether.

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