Four Things To Know About NFL Meeting On Chargers
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Aired 10/28/15 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Jim Lackritz, professor/founder, SDSU's Sports Business MBA program
Jay Paris, sports columnist, Mighty 1090
Scott Sherman Statement on NFL Meeting
San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman urges Chargers fans to attend the NFL meeting on Wednesday.
UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. Oct. 28
Didn't get to NFL's meeting in San Diego. Click here to watch the three-hour video of it, courtesy of the NFL.
The NFL is hosting a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Spreckels Theater in downtown San Diego as part of its evaluation of the Chargers’ planned relocation to the Los Angeles area. Here are four things you should know ahead of the meeting:
• The NFL won’t be making any decisions about the Chargers’ quest to leave San Diego. While a team spokesman has confirmed the Chargers will apply to move to the L.A. suburb of Carson, that won't happen until January. The meeting is part of the NFL’s standard procedure when assessing whether to allow a team to change cities.
San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman released a statement urging Chargers fans to attend the NFL hearing and protest outside the venue if they don’t have tickets. Skeptics like San Diego Union-Tribune sports columnist Nick Canepa, in contrast, said the meeting is a charade meant to give fans the illusion that the NFL cares about their opinions. Canepa's U-T colleague, Kevin Acee, agreed.
• The city shows no signs of abandoning its plan for a new Chargers stadium in Mission Valley, despite clear signals from the Chargers that the team doesn't like the plan. Gov. Jerry Brown recently approved the Mission Valley project for an expedited environmental review, which limits any potential lawsuits against the plan to a nine-month timeframe. The Chargers were unimpressed.
The city also released a flashy video, narrated by "San Diego resident and beloved sportscaster Dick Enberg," touting its own stadium plan. The city already spent $2.1 million on an environmental impact report for the project — money which Mayor Kevin Faulconer said would be "well spent." No word yet on how much the video cost.
• The NFL is hosting hearings in Oakland and St. Louis, too. The Oakland Raiders have teamed up with the Chargers to propose co-financing a stadium in Carson that the two would share, and the St. Louis Rams have a plan to build their own stadium in Inglewood. St. Louis is waging its own battle to keep the Rams from leaving, with somewhat more success than San Diego.
Here's how the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Los Angeles Times covered the NFL's meetings in St. Louis:
Post-Dispatch: Emotional Rams fans plead case to NFL
Los Angeles Times: Angry, mournful fans in St. Louis give NFL officials an earful
• If the Mission Valley plan fails, there’s still a chance the Chargers might stay in San Diego. Public interest lawyer Cory Briggs last week unveiled a ballot initiative which, if it wins enough signatures, would give voters the chance to weigh in on a stadium project located downtown. The measure also involves raising taxes and expanding the San Diego Convention Center.
KPBS' Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane and Peggy Pico contributed to the Midday Edition and Evening Edition segments.
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