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San Diego Council Agrees to Pay $3.5 Million Settlement to Chargers

The San Diego City Council approved -- without comment -- an agreement to pay the San Diego Chargers almost $3.5 million for lost revenue. The settlement stems from the city's negligence a decade ago.

The San Diego City Council approved -- without comment -- an agreement to pay the San Diego Chargers almost $3.5 million for lost revenue. The settlement stems from the city's negligence a decade ago. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

In 1996 when Qualcomm Stadium was remodeled for the Chargers, the city failed to install seats and ramps to meet the Americans with disabilities act. After a lawsuit was filed, the city had to tear out 1,500 seats and install ramps. This meant fewer seats for the Chargers to sell. So every year the city has to compensate the team. This year's payment of  $3.38 million covers the years from 2002 to 2006

The city's Independent Budget Analyst Andrea Tevlin questioned why the money wasn't taken out of the city's stadium fund. 

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<b> Tevlin: </b> Similar such payments have also come out of the Qualcomm stadium fund in the past -- the answer to that as I understand it is that there is no money in the stadium fund.

There are no estimates of what this settlement will cost the city in coming years, but the better the Chargers do, the more the city will owe.

Alison St John, KPBS News.