Tag:Los Angeles Football
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:54 pm

Chargers won't bolt on stadium lease in 2012

By Will Brinson

The Chargers have an awkward termination clause in their stadium lease: for three months each year, they have an option to terminate the lease in full, owing $20-some million in bonds depending on what year they decide to terminate the lease. Last year, they announced in December that they wouldn't exercise the option.

This year, they waited until January, but the Chargers and the City of San Diego announced on Monday that football in San Diego is safe for 2012 as well.

"The City of San Diego and the Chargers continue to work closely together to explore publicly acceptable ways to build a Super Bowl-quality stadium on the bus maintenance yard site in the East Village of downtown San Diego," San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and Chargers Owner Dean Spanos said in a joint statement. "To give this ongoing process every chance to succeed, the Chargers have announced that the team will not trigger the lease’s termination clause in 2012.

"Both the Mayor’s Office and the Chargers look forward to continuing their joint efforts to build a multi-use stadium that will benefit the entire region."

The Chargers lease doesn't actually expire until 2020, but the three-month window, which occurs between February and April, offers the Chargers a chance to ... bolt. They won't be doing that this year, despite increased speculation that the Chargers would be a perfect fit for football in Los Angeles.

"It’s nothing new," Chargers general counsel Mark Fabiani said. "We made it clear to AEG long ago that we’re not interested in their site. We’ve had a contentious relationship with them since we said we didn’t believe they could get it done, and it certainly appears there’s no chance they can get any construction started in 2012."

And there's the catch: there's no stadium in Los Angeles. There's not even ground broken on a stadium in Los Angeles. Even if the Chargers wanted to move, they couldn't be assured that there would be a new stadium ready for them and thus it makes little sense to move. Hence why they're already locked in to keeping the lease intact, before the expiration window even opens.

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Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:26 am
Edited on: May 25, 2011 10:26 am

Limbaugh interested in owning Vikings?

Posted by Will Brinson

Rush Limbaugh will probably never stop getting involved in various NFL conversations. So, take his interest in the Minnesota Vikings with a grain of salt.

Actually, a better reason to take his interest in the Vikes with a block of sodium is exactly what Mike Freeman said this morning: the NFL won't ever let Limbaugh own a team.

But that won't stop him from not saying he's not interested when former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty comes on his show and just happens to flip the interview script to ask Rush about owning a football team.
Limbaugh: I know you're not in the statehouse any longer, but there's an issue roiling the state right now and that's the Vikings and their new stadium and how much of it should be publicly financed. The usual threats are being made: If the public doesn't chip in and build a new stadium the Vikings are gone. They'll move to L.A. or someplace.
Pawlenty: The rumor is you're gonna buy 'em and move 'em. Is that true?
Limbaugh: (laughing) Well, uh, this interview is about you. (laughing)
HA. HA. HA. Sigh.

You may recall that Rush has made a run at minority ownership in a football team before -- he was shut down by plenty of people in a 2009 attempt to buy the St. Louis Rams.
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And he's made some, um, charged comments about Donovan McNabb that don't exactly endear him to, well, anyone.

And he hosts a radio show where he would absolutely use his ownership to talk about football situations and draw attention to himself.

And ... Well, you get it. There's a pile of reasons why the very tight-knit group of current NFL owners wouldn't let Limbaugh into their inner circle.

That doesn't mean they can't stop him from not denying rumors about his interest in trying to get there.

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