Spanos family litigation may end up in arbitration

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Litigation has emerged among the members of the Spanos family regarding whether the Chargers should be sold. In a new court filing seeking to have the matter shifted to a different California county, a significant revelation is made.

At footnote 3 of the memorandum in support of the motion to change the venue of the case, Dean Spanos points out that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “has informed the co-trustees that it appears the dispute is one that must be resolved through the NFL’s internal dispute resolution mechanism because (a) it involves a dispute between two owners of a member club and (b) the relief sought would directly affect ownership of a member club.”

The current motion seeks to move the case from Los Angeles County to San Joaquin County. Without knowing more (or anything) about the dynamics of the two jurisdictions, here’s the simple reality: If Dean Spanos and other family members defending against their sister’s effort to force a sale thought they had a better chance of winning in L.A. County, Dean Spanos and family would not be trying to move the case to San Joaquin County.

Once the courts determine where the case should proceed, Dean Spanos likely will try to force the entire controversy into arbitration. And, again, if Dean Spanos and other family members defending against their sister’s effort to force a sale thought they had a better chance of winning in court, Dean Spanos and family would not be preparing to try to move the case to arbitration.

That effort is coming, eventually if not sooner.

9 responses to “Spanos family litigation may end up in arbitration

  1. If it goes through arbitration via the NFL then the outcome is already decided in favor of Dean. Nothing would rattle other owners more than to see the process work against one of their peers.

  2. Stockton is in San Joaquin Valley. Spanos family is big fish in that small pond since the 50’s. Easy to connect the dots there

  3. The people in San Diego have known that the Spanos family are bad owners that make bad business decisions. Now that they are in LA, everyone else is quickly finding out

  4. If they are going to sell they would have bene better off doing so before moving.

  5. roughingthepasser says:
    May 21, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    If they are going to sell they would have bene better off doing so before moving.

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    Absolutely. Although the team is worth a lot more, no one is going to buy it with the debt load it has with the relocation fee and the terms of the lease in that new stadium.
    Of course you never know. There’s a lot of billionaires in L.A.

  6. I watched the Spanos family run this franchise into the ground in San Diego. Couldn’t bleed the city for any more money so they took there football and left town. Good riddance, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Hopefully they sell to someone who brings it back to San Diego. Qualcomm stadium is gone, bet that 1.3 billion dollar stadium that was offered looks pretty good about now.
    May the Spano’s family always leave a mark of shame for there time in San Diego!

  7. I don’t like Dean Spanos at all. Unfortunately this isn’t going to end well for his sister. The NFL and the team owners are clearly circling the wagons to protect him. Even if they don’t like him, the owners don’t want to go through the mess of having a team sold under these circumstances. Chargers fans deserve better.

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