I still believe bringing an NBA or NHL team to San Diego could help the Padres and the Chargers.
Since I first made that case, I’ve had a chance to visit L.A. Live, a pedestrian-friendly complex with trendy bars and restaurants that surround the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, and I’m certain that a similar idea would work in San Diego. This is why I am still pulling for the city to find a way to bring an NBA or NHL franchise to town.
Voice of San Diego contributor Beau Lynott is a bit more realistic, which means you should pay attention when he says San Diego has a (small) shot at nabbing Los Angeles’ Chivas USA team. Major League Soccer has seen a strong and steady rise in popularity in America over the past few years, and the league is on the verge of signing a lucrative television deal that should provide a nice cash influx for the league to expand its audience even further.
Now would be a great time for someone to invest in Chivas USA, which is currently owned by the league and up for sale. If that someone happened to bring the team to San Diego, they’d have a large built-in audience of fans hungry for professional soccer.
The only real question in all of this is where the team would play. Would it need a new stadium, and if so, who is going to pay for it? Could they possibly find a way to share a new stadium with the Chargers, the way the Seattle Seahawks share a stadium with the Seattle Sounders, without playing to a half-empty stadium? These are the barriers that will have to be overcome to get an MLS team to San Diego, but the payoff just might be worth all of the trouble.
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Now that we have a 13.3% state income tax, it's going to be increasingly difficult to entice star free agents to come to California to play pro sports -- let alone entice owners to move a pro team to this hostile state and small demographic market (a.k.a. San Diego).
John, With all due respect, I don’t agree that you “...made that case...” for bringing more sports teams to San Diego, you simply ran your mouth. They Padres and Chargers seldom have sellout crowds for their games; in fact the Chargers’ several blackouts each season are a total embarrassment to the city. How does adding more “pay to watch” teams help this situation. Seems to me it just makes it tougher for either existing team to prosper because the amount of sports dollars would be spread over more teams. I understand your desire, as a sports writer, to see more local pro teams, but I’m just a fan.
@Bill Bradshaw Did you read the article? I thought I did a fair job of explaining how adding a winter/spring sport to San Diego would help create more "year-round" fans, which would help the sports culture in San Diego and help the other professional teams.
@John Gennaro @Bill Bradshaw --John: The NBA will not be back in San Diego. Take that to the bank. As far as the NHL, do you think San Diego could support an NHL team? I don't think they would be successful, considering the ticket prices they would charge, and the little problem of the need for a new arena. As far as MLS; they want a soccer-specific stadium. They don't want or like their teams playing in an NFL stadium (with the exception of Seattle).
@Bill Bradshaw Good points Bill.
Gennaro isn't qualified to write about sports, period. Never played any, doesn't have the skill or knowledge to analyse them. Doesn't even come from San Diego.
Last season, he stupidly wrote on his blog that Philip Rivers was done and that the Chargers would finish last behind the Raiders.
He wants more teams in SD because he is scrounging for work. Isn't wanted on local TV, lost his job on radio, and can't write.
He has zero credibility.