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Chargers Drama Stars San Diego Mayor On New York Stage

Evening Edition Host Peggy Pico speaks with Jim Laslavic, sports director at NBC San Diego, and Tony Manolatos, CEO of Apex Strategies, about the recent events in the Charger's saga.

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It was a crucial meeting. Or was it?

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and county Supervisor Ron Roberts met in New York Wednesday with about half of the NFL's team owners. The politicians' job was to make San Diego's case that the city has a plan that will work to build a new Chargers stadium in Mission Valley. And that the plan would allow, maybe tempt, the team to stay in San Diego.

How'd they do? Fine, they said. The owners were welcoming, impressed, even. Faulconer and Roberts said they were pleased.

But they weren't alone on that New York stage. Officials from Oakland and St. Louis also touted the advantages of their cities in hopes of keeping the Raiders and Rams in their current hometowns.

The question: Will any of this make a difference?

Back in Carson and Burbank, the Chargers and Raiders announced a really big hire: Bob Iger, Disney's CEO. His job will be to hire someone else: a president of Carson Properties, should the NFL bless their joint stadium venture in Carson.

And to further complicate matters for San Diego fans, Kevin Acee, a sports columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune, wrote this week about Plan B. That's the one where San Diego ends up with the Raiders.

Tony Manolatos, a consultant to the mayor on stadium issues, said the meeting was helpful because until Wednesday any information the owners received was from the news media or the Chargers.

“We know if the Chargers, the city and the county form a coalition and get behind this plan, it will pass,” Manolatos told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday. “It happened at Petco (Park).”

Manolatos said the biggest challenge won’t be the June vote, it will be getting the Chargers’ support.


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