Poll in San Diego has large majority picking comic books over Chargers

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The city of San Diego has been able to hang onto one of its civic institutions, and apparently, it’s the more important one.

According to U-T San Diego, the city has signed a two-year extension to its deal to host Comic-Con, keeping the pop-culture convention there through 2018.

The eye-opening part is that people there may prefer that to the Chargers, by a pretty large margin.

In a poll on the newspapers website, a one-or-the-other choice between a comic book convention and NFL football has the guys in tights with a 17-point edge. (That’s as of the moment this was published, with 887 of the 1511 votes cast going against the Chargers, or 58 percent.)

Granted, this is far from scientific, or an apples-to-apples choice. While the convention sells out plenty of hotel rooms and pumps money into the local economy, it’s a one-shot deal compared to 10 games and storylines that fill the calendar.

But it may also signal the civic ambivalence that has kept San Diego from getting a stadium built, which has the team looking for greener pastures in Los Angeles.

67 responses to “Poll in San Diego has large majority picking comic books over Chargers

  1. Comic-Con is a comic book convention in name only these days and hasn’t been one in a LONG time. They probably should change it from San Diego Comic-Con to San Diego Culture Con.

  2. Comic Con doesn’t require the people of Sam Diego agreeing to their own extortion of hundreds of millions of public taxpayer money for a private for-profit enterprise.

  3. Comic-con brings in about 130K/year. And doesn’t cost hundreds of millions of dollars to support in subsidies, tax breaks and building highly unprofitable stadiums.

  4. I lived in SD for 4 years, they did not support either the Chargers or Padres as most other cities support their teams. I don’t believe anyone, or very few, will care if they end up leaving.

  5. Before San Diego had major sports it was thought of as a quiet “bedroom community”. They were quite content with their beaches, their climate , and their zoo. There are a lot of people there who would like to return to that status quo. They don’t really care about having the national profile that major sports bring. There wasn’t much of a fuss put up when they lost 2 NBA teams, and they’ve never put their hat in the ring for a new one despite the recent NBA expansions. They’re ambivalent about the Padres, and seem that way too, about the Chargers. The people of San Diego are content with annual conventions and would like to largely remain under the radar of being a high profile city.

  6. I get the point of the article, but to disparage comic-con as a comic book convention with “men in tights” is not really accurate as to how big and diverse the event has become. If you want to disparage comic-con that way then you should do the same with the NFL. For example, San Diego picks “men in tights” over “men in costumes chasing around a ball.”

  7. exsquidao says:Jul 3, 2015 4:00 PM

    I lived in SD for 4 years, they did not support either the Chargers or Padres as most other cities support their teams. I don’t believe anyone, or very few, will care if they end up leaving.

    ………
    You are clueless…just like you living in san diego it is a transplant city with military etc..san diego county has about 4 million people. Quallcomm stadium holds 72k people and the chargers average attendance is in the mid 65k range well in line with or above the nfl average so dont say san diegans dont support the chargers.the chargers average attendance is more than what alot of current nfl stadiums hold.as for the padres alot of fans are pissed till this year because they had voted for a new stadium in petco park when former owner john moores promised to spend money on free agents and just milked money instead of spending. Do somecresearch and throw some facts out before spitting out garbage.

  8. I have lived in San Diego and in Los Angeles and in Dallas and Houston over the past 25 years and, IMO, it comes down to this:

    Football is a part of Texas culture and it it not a part of Southern California culture. Football is a part of Texas culture starting with elementary school kids through the pros. You don’t realize that until you live there year round. I think part of it is because there is nothing else to do in Texas in the fall except football and going hunting.

    In SoCal, football is merely another choice for how to spend your time and money. I had several options every weekend of places to go and things to do. There were many outdoor activities and the weather is so perfect that you would rather go hang out at the beach or in the park for free than spend the money to go to a game or sit inside and watch it on TV.

    Also, So Cal is a vacation destination and many people who live there are transplants not only from other cities but other countries. Many of the people who are interested in football root for their hometown teams and not the Chargers and others are more interested in soccer.

  9. joetoronto says:Jul 3, 2015 4:13 PM

    This team has no fan base to speak of, lets face it.

    …………

    Says the guy who is a fan of the raiturds and their tarped stadium..chargers fanbase resides in san diego..los angeles football fans dont want the chargers.san diego has never had to tarp its stadium period unlike oakland!!!!

  10. Polls and statistics are funny. They can often be skewed to achieve a desired result. So I must ask, was the poll in the sports section of the paper or under an article about Comic-Con?

  11. Not surprising a web poll would favor comic-con.

    If you asked the average man on the street in SD he’d probably say ¿Qué es comic-con?

  12. rohlo says:
    Jul 3, 2015 4:30 PM

    joetoronto says:Jul 3, 2015 4:13 PM

    This team has no fan base to speak of, lets face it.

    …………

    Says the guy who is a fan of the raiturds and their tarped stadium..chargers fanbase resides in san diego..los angeles football fans dont want the chargers.san diego has never had to tarp its stadium period unlike oakland!!!!
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    You and your team are completely irrelevant, no rings and no hope.

    Just move baby.

  13. Raiders are a joke. Nobody likes or takes them seriously any more. The only thing their fans have left is some hand me down stories from their grandparents about how they were once relevant.

    #getthetarpready.

  14. mikeyhigs says:
    Jul 3, 2015 4:33 PM

    Polls and statistics are funny. They can often be skewed to achieve a desired result. So I must ask, was the poll in the sports section of the paper or under an article about Comic-Con?
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    When I read the first two sentences I would have sworn you were talking about the Wells report.

  15. I get the point of the article, but to disparage comic-con as a comic book convention with “men in tights” is not really accurate as to how big and diverse the event has become. If you want to disparage comic-con that way then you should do the same with the NFL. For example, San Diego picks “men in tights” over “men in costumes chasing around a ball.”
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    Angry Nerd…….

    Best Regards

  16. I doubt ComicCon wants half a billion to a billion free dollars to return there.

    And these aren’t “civic institutions”. They are corporations that put these events on be it the Chargers or ComicCon and they’re making big money from being there. Much moreso than the city does.

  17. mikeyhigs says:
    Jul 3, 2015 4:33 PM

    Polls and statistics are funny. They can often be skewed to achieve a desired result. So I must ask, was the poll in the sports section of the paper or under an article about Comic-Con?
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    When I read the first two sentences I would have sworn you were talking about the Wells report.
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    That is because you are a Patri*ts homer.

    Best Regards

  18. Men in tights? Maybe….

    But Once Upon A Time will be at Comic-con…and those men wear leather.

    Maybe San Diego needs a little magic on their playing field….but all magic comes with a price.

  19. raiderapologist says:

    No surprise. The Chargers are an irrelevant franchise.

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    Raiders’ last winning season – a lifetime ago.

    The very definition of irrelevant.

  20. thebifforacle says:
    Jul 3, 2015 6:16 PM

    raiderapologist says:

    No surprise. The Chargers are an irrelevant franchise.

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    Raiders’ last winning season – a lifetime ago.

    The very definition of irrelevant.
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    2002 was a lifetime ago if you’re 13. I have a daughter in college who wasn’t alive the last time the Chargers sniffed a Super Bowl.

  21. raiderapologist says:
    Jul 3, 2015 6:32 PM
    thebifforacle says:
    Jul 3, 2015 6:16 PM

    raiderapologist says:

    No surprise. The Chargers are an irrelevant franchise.

    ——————————————————————–

    Raiders’ last winning season – a lifetime ago.

    The very definition of irrelevant.
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    2002 was a lifetime ago if you’re 13. I have a daughter in college who wasn’t alive the last time the Chargers sniffed a Super Bowl.

    —————————————————

    I hope she has learnt the meaning of irrelevant then, unlike you.

    The kids in that photo weren’t alive for a winning Raiders season.

  22. Sounds to me like the citizens of SD are coming to their senses: why throw public dollars at something that yields a net zero return? The NFL has pickled itself into a corner and this attitude will continue across the nation as millenials come of age: People are tired of subsidizing the billionaires with tax dollars. Especially when those same billionaires do everything in their power to tilt the system further in their favor.

    Good Job SD! Send the NFL a message. Pay for your own house, ya pigs!!!

  23. I knew that the Chargers’ fans were not that loyal.

    So why are people hating on L.A. even though the San Diegans aren’t even supporting a winning team??

  24. Trust me. Though both towns have some truly great fans — Los Angeles has that same ambivalence that San Diego is known for.

  25. San Diego ought to be annexed to Mexico. I’ve been to most of the major cities in this country and SD is without a doubt the blandest of them all. It has zero charm. The only reason the Chargers games aren’t tarped is because fans of other teams show up and outnumber Charger “fans”. Raider games are basically a second home game.

  26. lets see: cute girls in skimpy costumes, or fat men in sweaty uniforms……….i’ll take the girls please 🙂

  27. California is also the place where they are having droughts and they have cut off water to farms, while still pumping billions of gallons of drinking water into the ocean because environmentalists say it will help the smelts.

  28. The ownership has always been the issue and I’m not talking about Comic-con which is an awesome event.

  29. The San Diego Chiclets would be best served moving to San Antonio or Potland.

    Pez dispensers are more popular than the Chargers in Southern California.

  30. YO! Chargers! Sign Pokemons….. like, NOW! Or throw up some epic anime on the scoreboard while the game’s going on! C’mon!

    Oh hey, there’s a tight end in Chicago that writes his own comic books. With Gates out 4 games.. hrmmm..

  31. Spanos is a putz. He will fail in LA also. Sad has not given this man and his team a new stadium for good reason. Let LA taxpayers shoulder the load. San Diego Chargers will not be missed one bit.

  32. Chargers Bolt anywhere in the world = is it going to rain?
    Raiders Shield anywhere in the world = that’s the Silver & Black baby!

    Tell me who is relevant?

  33. WOW…you really don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Comic Con brings about 177 million dollars every year to AMERICAS FINEST CITY.

  34. What a shame, SD was a great place to visit for an away game. Not surprised, that away fans consistently outnumbered the chargers fans.

  35. BTW , I’m neutral to the Raiders Chargers debate, but Raiders fans don’t have a tippy toe to stand on. Raiders are the definition of garbage: 13 straight years of terribleness, and save 2-3 year run, they were garbage before that.

  36. That’s because we get the feeling that Comic Con wants to stay. The Chargers have been alienating the fan base for years.

    Raider fans are lucky that they can wear the same outfit to either event. I’d take nerd cash over raider trash any day and twice on Sunday. The only one that’ll miss the raiders are the bail bond companies that advertise to them, quite literally.

  37. All this talk about millionaires free money and nobody understands the football team and a football stadium create jobs for a lot of people a lot more than comic-con. We get it millionaires and billionaires are rich and you are not that doesn’t change the fact that a job is a job and good ones are hard to find

  38. More than 130,000 people attended the 2014 Comic Con. Imagine what it would be if any of them could get dates.

  39. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 3, 2015 5:46 PM

    I doubt ComicCon wants half a billion to a billion free dollars to return there.

    And these aren’t “civic institutions”. They are corporations that put these events on be it the Chargers or ComicCon and they’re making big money from being there. Much moreso than the city does.
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    This is not true. The reason they even posed this poll in the paper was because there’s always been a threat looming from Comic-Con organizers about moving Comic-Con from San Diego to either Anaheim or LA. The big reason being that Comic-Con has grown past the capacity the SD Convention Center can handle and always has to book extra meeting rooms and conference halls at adjacent hotels to host everything. Anaheim and LA have larger convention centers where doing such is not necessary.

    SD has been considering proposals that cost the taxpayer millions of dollars (520 million to be exact) to expand its convention center, guess why? Because, like the Chargers, Comic-Con has threatened to leave San Diego if it does not get its wish to expand capactiy.

  40. BTW , I’m neutral to the Raiders Chargers debate, but Raiders fans don’t have a tippy toe to stand on. Raiders are the definition of garbage: 13 straight years of terribleness, and save 2-3 year run, they were garbage before that.

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    And yet 80 percent the fans attending the Chargers-Raiders game—- are for the L.A. Raiders.

  41. And everyone wondered why Eli had no interest in playing for the Chargers…

    He knew this day would come. Obviously he preferred to play for a stable, classy organization with a loyal fanbase, rather than an unstable, lesser organization with frontrunner fans who dont care about the team.

  42. Why would you label Comic-Con as the “men in tights” one?

    I’m pretty certain there is a significantly higher percentage of “men in tights” on a football field than there will ever be at Comic-Con.

    I think you labeled it backwards…

  43. thebifforacle says:
    Jul 3, 2015 6:52 PM

    raiderapologist says:

    No surprise. The Chargers are an irrelevant franchise.

    ——————————————————————–

    Raiders’ last winning season – a lifetime ago.

    The very definition of irrelevant.
    ———————
    2002 was a lifetime ago if you’re 13. I have a daughter in college who wasn’t alive the last time the Chargers sniffed a Super Bowl.

    —————————————————

    I hope she has learnt the meaning of irrelevant then, unlike you.

    The kids in that photo weren’t alive for a winning Raiders season.
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    Charger fans celebrate their 9-7 seasons because it is all they know.

  44. “And yet 80 percent the fans attending the Chargers-Raiders game—- are for the L.A. Raiders.”

    Raiders fans and math are not a good combination.

  45. Dogsweat says:
    Jul 4, 2015 8:27 AM
    BTW , I’m neutral to the Raiders Chargers debate, but Raiders fans don’t have a tippy toe to stand on. Raiders are the definition of garbage: 13 straight years of terribleness, and save 2-3 year run, they were garbage before that.
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    This is completely true. The Raiders were an expansion team started in 1998.

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