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    18 comments
    Will Dawson
    Will Dawson subscriber

    Part ownership by the city is a non-issue. NFL bylaws do not allow for public ownership. [The Green Bay Packers were "GRAND FATHERED" to part ownership by the public. The 32 billionaires of the NFL Club do not want the public to see how much $ they really earn, if the public had a true and clear picture of this they would tell the owners to build their own stadiums. Estimates of the revenues are in excess of $ 200,000,000.00 per year ample $ to pay for what the tax payers fund now!

    Sandawg
    Sandawg

    Part ownership by the city is a non-issue. NFL bylaws do not allow for public ownership. [The Green Bay Packers were "GRAND FATHERED" to part ownership by the public. The 32 billionaires of the NFL Club do not want the public to see how much $ they really earn, if the public had a true and clear picture of this they would tell the owners to build their own stadiums. Estimates of the revenues are in excess of $ 200,000,000.00 per year ample $ to pay for what the tax payers fund now!

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage subscribermember

    January 5, 2012 is the last day to submit ballot language to the City Clerk for the June 5, 2012 election.

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage

    January 5, 2012 is the last day to submit ballot language to the City Clerk for the June 5, 2012 election.

    Gerald Hosenkamp
    Gerald Hosenkamp subscriber

    As for San Diego, it's, at best, questionable whether we can build a stadium, but if Mayor Sanders insists on it, he should put together a package that taps both the cash flow from the luxury boxes (where the money is in NFL stadium derived revenue) and from the profits of the team itself. Perhaps (maybe, who knows, not impossible), he could then secure his legacy with San Diego county Charger fans and not saddle the taxpayers of the City of San Diego with another NFL white elephant.

    GBH1
    GBH1

    As for San Diego, it's, at best, questionable whether we can build a stadium, but if Mayor Sanders insists on it, he should put together a package that taps both the cash flow from the luxury boxes (where the money is in NFL stadium derived revenue) and from the profits of the team itself. Perhaps (maybe, who knows, not impossible), he could then secure his legacy with San Diego county Charger fans and not saddle the taxpayers of the City of San Diego with another NFL white elephant.

    Fred Williams
    Fred Williams subscriber

    Let's keep asking the obvious questions before we get trapped into financing another money losing stadium with public money.

    Fred_Williams
    Fred_Williams

    Let's keep asking the obvious questions before we get trapped into financing another money losing stadium with public money.

    Bob Jones
    Bob Jones subscriber

    No one is buying it when the city has numerous, more significant needs which are so blatantly obvious - - unless you are a politican.

    rwj5125
    rwj5125

    No one is buying it when the city has numerous, more significant needs which are so blatantly obvious - - unless you are a politican.

    michael-leonard
    michael-leonard subscriber

    Own a piece of the Chargers as an investment? Boy! I can't think of ANYTHING I'd rather invest in (*opening mouth VERY wide and stuffing index finger down throat*).

    mlcred
    mlcred

    Own a piece of the Chargers as an investment? Boy! I can't think of ANYTHING I'd rather invest in (*opening mouth VERY wide and stuffing index finger down throat*).

    robert lopo
    robert lopo subscriber

    Lets turn the tables, and see if the Chargers bite. We'll build the stadium, keep ticket and concession revenue, the Chargers get a "Team Surcharge" equal to a tax revenue to operate on. Didn't think so...........

    ibphotos
    ibphotos

    Lets turn the tables, and see if the Chargers bite. We'll build the stadium, keep ticket and concession revenue, the Chargers get a "Team Surcharge" equal to a tax revenue to operate on. Didn't think so...........


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