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New mayor may not mean new stadium in San Diego

Bob Filner, Scott Barnett

The Chargers remain the team regarded in league circles as most likely to move to Los Angeles.  San Diego’s new mayor has the ability to change that perception.

The question is will he?

Elected Tuesday, Democrat Bob Filner has made it clear that there will be no sweetheart deals.  As Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today points out, Filner has said he’ll be “the toughest negotiator the Chargers have ever faced.”  (Given what they paid David Boston, that’s a high bar.)

Filner’s campaign website contained statements like “our city has been held ransom by our sports teams, a fact we cannot forget,” that “the only deal” he’d make “is one that will give something back to the city and its taxpayers,” and that a deal could include “partial ownership of the team” and “greater involvement and support of our public schools.”

There’s no way partial ownership will happen, given league rules.

Still, Filner can talk tough.  But the Chargers ultimately can vote with their feet.

For now, the team that moved from L.A. to San Diego in 1961 remains hopeful.  “We look forward to working with Mr. Filner,” Chargers stadium wrangler Mark Fabiani told USA Today.  “We have mutual allies in the labor community, and our proposed project would create thousands of jobs and major construction in three separate sections of the city, so we hope to be able to find common ground here.”

If they can’t find common ground, the Chargers will be the team for which AEG or someone else is breaking ground in Los Angeles.

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26 Responses to “New mayor may not mean new stadium in San Diego”
  1. joeychargers says: Nov 8, 2012 6:22 PM

    Let’s hope we can continue being the San Diego Super Chargers…

  2. cubsin2049 says: Nov 8, 2012 6:22 PM

    But new Mayor in San Diego does mean new team in Los Angeles.

  3. nytitancl says: Nov 8, 2012 6:22 PM

    Does the revenue generated from people coming to town count as giving something back to the city and its taxpayers? Businesses benefit from selling hotel rooms, fuel, meals, etc. and the stadium sells parking and concessions. What, does the team need to give everyone in the city a dollar?

  4. adambballn says: Nov 8, 2012 6:38 PM

    Filner was the worst possible thing that could have happened to the Chargers. There was reason for optimism if DeMaio would have won… not Filner.

  5. barroomhero80 says: Nov 8, 2012 6:43 PM

    The 3 charger fans in la are enough. Keep them in sd

  6. mrgroovesd says: Nov 8, 2012 6:46 PM

    I hope this clown doesn’t chase the Bolts out of town cuz of his stubbornness.

  7. ambitoos says: Nov 8, 2012 6:56 PM

    For the life of me I cannot understand why they would want to stay in San Diego. They cannot sell out games and the value of the franchise would double in the LA market. Alex Spanos was one heck of a buisiness man but his son Dean leaves alot to be desired. Even if the team practice field stayes here they should be the LA Chargers and use some of that money to sign some great players like other teams do. Many San Diegans are fed up with this team.

  8. onebucplace says: Nov 8, 2012 7:00 PM

    Wait San Diego has a new mayor? That means South Park is going to have to redo the jacking it song now.

  9. tahnoonzee says: Nov 8, 2012 7:04 PM

    Honestly, he kinda looks similar to Norv Turner.

  10. randygnyc says: Nov 8, 2012 7:10 PM

    Nytitanicl- it’s only 8 regular season games. The monetary gain is not that great. That leaves 358 days each year that the stadium is empty besides the rare concert or event. Stadiums cost nearly a billion dollars these days. I’m sure the locals are interested in funding this venture.

  11. gplsek says: Nov 8, 2012 7:14 PM

    The new mayor is knuckle head, this should be a county issue and not just City of San Diego, majority of the people go the the games are from outside the city. We just end up here watching what that broke and corrupt city does and have no say.

    Would be a bummer if they leave, but hey downtown LA is only 1.5 hrs away

  12. 1standinches says: Nov 8, 2012 7:21 PM

    Los Angeles Doesnt need a football team, they had three teams! including the Chargers. Plus California has 49ers, Raiders and Chargers. I rather see Texas get another franchise.

  13. jamesmatthiascox says: Nov 8, 2012 7:27 PM

    randygnyc says:
    Nytitanicl- it’s only 8 regular season games. The monetary gain is not that great. That leaves 358 days each year that the stadium is empty besides the rare concert or event. Stadiums cost nearly a billion dollars these days. I’m sure the

    Dude, SDSU plays there too

  14. sdb0ltz says: Nov 8, 2012 7:29 PM

    Ghheez guys wisen up. All the tough guy talk was just him “politicking” now that he’s elected he can do like every other elected official and completely disregarad his pre-election comments.

    Time to start building that stadium!

  15. voyager6 says: Nov 8, 2012 7:34 PM

    I’ve said on here many times. Pass a carefully worded departure tax where any buisness that operates in a publically funded building must live out any lease and give a five year notice of wanting to depart or pay a stiff fine based on recovering the cost of the facility.

    It would immediately stop all sports teams using moving as a weapon.

  16. sdb0ltz says: Nov 8, 2012 7:34 PM

    L.A has already had the Chargers, the Raiders and the Rams and they’ve lost all 3 teams. What makes you think they deserve a 4th shot?

    L.A team wont happen. Way to ghetto and the air quality is so low it will have long term damaging effects on the players.

    Besides, can you imagine a Monday Night Football fly by of L.A’s mocha brown sunsets.

  17. seahawks4alltime says: Nov 8, 2012 7:36 PM

    “There’s no way partial ownership will happen, given league rules.”

    What league rule would that be?

    If the team ownership went through the legal hurdles and mumbo jumbo that is required I see no reason that the public can’t become partial owners.

    The Packers are a publicly owned non-profit organization. That’s actually against Article 3.2A of the membership rules for the NFL, but the Packers are okay because they’ve been publicly owned since 1923. I see no reason why it should be against the rules for everyone else.

  18. cervetta12 says: Nov 8, 2012 7:57 PM

    Get the Raiders & Rams back there and lets get football back to the way it used to be AND SHOULD BE. Lets face it Oakland is the trailor trash capital of the U.S. , and St. Louis is a baseball town, NOT a football city. The 2nd biggest market needs these 2 teams back, and how sick would it be if the Rams rocked out the old school yellow/blue jersey all year long?? DO IT MR. GOODELL!!

  19. cereal blogger says: Nov 8, 2012 8:17 PM

    They should put a second team in Baltimore, talk about a city supporting a franchise….sheesh, look at the #’s

  20. bolted4life says: Nov 8, 2012 8:22 PM

    San Diego had no blackouts for 9 years. This is a football town. We just don’t like seeing a bad pieced together product. Like now.

    LA doesn’t want the Chargers, and we don’t want them to move. LA is full of Raider and Ram’s fans, and don’t forget the NFL failed epically there too.

    The Spanos make plenty of money here, that’s not the issue. The issue is that they want a new stadium, with this team in this economy its not going to happen.

    But they won’t move. Goodell even stated that he want’s the Chargers in San Diego. Time will tell.

  21. kane337 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    I would hate to see the Chargers leave. This mayor seems stupid. How about talking to the Chargers first instead of blabbing your mouth. Running the Chargers out of San Diego is not something I would want on my résumé.

  22. nflhof says: Nov 8, 2012 9:51 PM

    Overall Bob Filner is the last thing in the world the city of San Diego needed. Really bad news for every football fan in San Diego.

  23. pack13queens0 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:15 PM

    Keep them in San Diego & take the Vikings instead.

  24. wolfmanpatriot says: Nov 9, 2012 3:12 AM

    San Diego had no blackouts for 9 years. This is a football town. We just don’t like seeing a bad pieced together product. Like now.
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    Football towns fill their stadiums no matter what.

  25. joetoronto says: Nov 9, 2012 4:40 AM

    sdb0ltz says:
    Nov 8, 2012 7:34 PM
    L.A has already had the Chargers, the Raiders and the Rams and they’ve lost all 3 teams. What makes you think they deserve a 4th shot?

    L.A team wont happen. Way to ghetto and the air quality is so low it will have long term damaging effects on the players.

    Besides, can you imagine a Monday Night Football fly by of L.A’s mocha brown sunsets.
    **************************************************

    You must be that guy on the Geico commercial that lives under a rock.

    This just in, right or wrong, it IS happening.

  26. sourdough says: Nov 15, 2012 12:01 PM

    The Chargers won’t be moving to LA, nor will any other team, because the financial numbers don’t pan out. In order to move a team to LA that team’s owner will have to pay an estimated $600 million Relocation Fee. If the team wants to move to an AEG-built stadium, that team also needs to give a Minority share (at below market value) to AEG. Simply put, the numbers don’t pan out no matter what a cave dweller like JoeToronto says.

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