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.