Sports Report: Blame the Chargers

Sports Report: Blame the Chargers

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In the wake of one local television blackout last weekend, and facing the possibility of another, Scott Lewis says that the fault should be laid at the feet of the Chargers, who are aggressively working to milk every last penny their fanbase haswhile simultaneously asking them to subsidize the cost of a new stadium. I agree with Scott, and find it both strange and annoying that the team continues to spend millions on advisory boards and “special counsel” Mark Fabiani, but hasn’t produced a plan for the people of San Diego to vote on.

It’s almost as if the Spanos family believes that if they wait long enough and make enough powerful friends, a stadium will magically appear. Doug Manchester and John Lynch of U-T San Diego are doing everything they can to help with that, greasing the wheels for a mayoral campaign for Kevin Faulconer with the intention of getting a new Chargers stadium built on taxpayers’ dime. Maybe, after he pulls off that magic trick, Faulconer can be named governor of New California.

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It’s Officially Basketball Season at SDSU

• On Saturday, the Aztecs football team concluded a wild, unpredictable, exhilarating season with an embarrassing blowout loss to UNLV. Not only was it a poor way to end the regular season, the loss could also end up costing SDSU a bowl game appearance.

• Meanwhile, the San Diego State basketball team spent the week reaching new heights. Steve Fisher’s team beat higly ranked Marquette and Creighton teams on its way to winning the Wooden Legacy tournament. A few days later, they were ranked 24th in the country in the AP poll.

• The Aztecs needed senior guard Xavier Thames to carry them to a close 65-64 win over the intercity rival USD Toreros Thursday night.

Chargers Continue to Disappoint, Grasp at Straws

• With their playoff hopes resting in the balance, the Chargers lost a home game to the Cincinnati Bengals with turnovers. The two most costly were the fault of future Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates, who may have played the worst game on his entire career on Sunday.

• Have no fear, though. The Chargers can still make the playoffs if they can figure out how to start winning games regularly. That game in Denver on Thursday seems impossible to win, but anything is possible in the wild AFC West.

• With the New York Giants coming to town, I looked back at the 2004 trade between the Giants and Chargers that brought Philip Rivers to San Diego and sent Eli Manning to New York. There are a lot of different opinions on who won this one, but I’m firmly on the Chargers’ side here.

Stories You May Have Missed

• Luke Gregerson, who has been with the Padres since 2009, is now an Oakland Athletic. The set-up relief pitcher, and sometimes closer, was traded for Seth Smith this week. Both players make the same amount of money, and both are free agents after the 2014 season. I guess the Padres felt they needed a fourth outfielder more than they did a reliever?

• Baseball America came out with its list of the Padres’ top 10 prospects, which serves as a sobering reminder of just how much talent San Diego has in its minor league system.

• Video of the Week: Somebody’s grandfather had a little too much to drink at the Chargers game on Sunday.

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I’m John Gennaro, contributor to Active Voice and managing editor of Bolts from the Blue. You can tweet me @john_gennaro or e-mail me directly at boltsfromtheblue@gmail.com.

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John Gennaro

John Gennaro

I'm John Gennaro, contributor to Active Voice and managing editor of Bolts from the Blue. You can tweet me @john_gennaro or email me directly at boltsfromtheblue@gmail.com.

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Robert Cohen
Robert Cohen

Most likely the Chargers haven't presented a plan to be voted on because they have not been able to secure a site, and because they want public money, an election will have to be won with a 2/3 majority rather than 50%+1 majority That is hard to do. That is why they are vigorously opposing the convention center expansion. It is their belief that the chances of winning an election are enhanced by having a project that combines a stadium with other utilities, like a convention center. With a retractable roof other events can be held other than football. They want some of that TOT money and a stadium/convention center is their ticket to get it.

Robert Cohen
Robert Cohen subscriber

Most likely the Chargers haven't presented a plan to be voted on because they have not been able to secure a site, and because they want public money, an election will have to be won with a 2/3 majority rather than 50%+1 majority That is hard to do. That is why they are vigorously opposing the convention center expansion. It is their belief that the chances of winning an election are enhanced by having a project that combines a stadium with other utilities, like a convention center. With a retractable roof other events can be held other than football. They want some of that TOT money and a stadium/convention center is their ticket to get it.

Robert Cohen
Robert Cohen

That is correct. If the Chargers do something similar like the Padres no vote would be required or if they wanted to put it to a vote only a simple majority would be needed. Keep in mind the Padres were able to use redevelopment money which is kaput now. As to an arena, I think any builder would be hard pressed to get financing, even from the city, if they didn't have any comittment from the NBA/NHL.

Robert Cohen
Robert Cohen

2/3rds approval would be needed if the financing plan required any type of tax increase, like the TOT. If the Chargers don't need access to tax money, then 50% would be enough. An arena downtown makes more sense than a football stadium but one won't be built unless there is a commitment in advance by a NBA or NHL team and that's a whole other topic.

David Crossley
David Crossley

A combined stadium/convention center is fantasy. If anything gets built downtown it will be a new arena. A new stadium will be a stand-alone facility, and it should be next to the current one in Mission Valley. Besides, there is no guarantee that the TOT monies will be available, as Cory Briggs keep filing lawsuits. Another question regarding the Chargers (non)proposal--why would they need 2/3 voter approval? The Padres didn't need it--and didn't get it.

Robert Cohen
Robert Cohen subscriber

That is correct. If the Chargers do something similar like the Padres no vote would be required or if they wanted to put it to a vote only a simple majority would be needed. Keep in mind the Padres were able to use redevelopment money which is kaput now. As to an arena, I think any builder would be hard pressed to get financing, even from the city, if they didn't have any comittment from the NBA/NHL.

Robert Cohen
Robert Cohen subscriber

2/3rds approval would be needed if the financing plan required any type of tax increase, like the TOT. If the Chargers don't need access to tax money, then 50% would be enough. An arena downtown makes more sense than a football stadium but one won't be built unless there is a commitment in advance by a NBA or NHL team and that's a whole other topic.

David Crossley
David Crossley subscriber

A combined stadium/convention center is fantasy. If anything gets built downtown it will be a new arena. A new stadium will be a stand-alone facility, and it should be next to the current one in Mission Valley. Besides, there is no guarantee that the TOT monies will be available, as Cory Briggs keep filing lawsuits. Another question regarding the Chargers (non)proposal--why would they need 2/3 voter approval? The Padres didn't need it--and didn't get it.

David Crossley
David Crossley

So then would it be correct to say that if the Chargers worked out a financing plan similar to what the Padres did, it would not be subject to the 2/3 threshold? And I do agree about the arena and another team's/league's commitment, and it IS for another topic. But knowing San Diego, they would build a new arena anyway without any team's or league's guarantees.

David Crossley
David Crossley subscriber

So then would it be correct to say that if the Chargers worked out a financing plan similar to what the Padres did, it would not be subject to the 2/3 threshold? And I do agree about the arena and another team's/league's commitment, and it IS for another topic. But knowing San Diego, they would build a new arena anyway without any team's or league's guarantees.