The mayor’s stadium task force spokesman Tony Manolatos is mad at me for being mean to the mayor and the whole process.
I know, I’m super torn up about it.
I’m not sure I’m their worst problem, though. Have I been as mean as U-T sports columnist Nick Canepa?
Last week, Canepa wrote that the mayor’s task force is not “up to the task” after its chairman announced it would stop focusing on downtown as a potential site for a new stadium. It’s now all about Mission Valley.
Canepa did not like the decision, flat out writing that “it’s not going to work.”
It may not, but he’s wrong about the history.
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I purchased a townhouse in MV in 2004 and I remember there WAS a lot of nonsense from the city during that time that they didn't want to gift any land around Qualcomm to the Chargers, specifically citing that the Charger's development proposal didn't take into consideration the impact it would have on congestion, etc. Mike Aguirre was the devil incarnate and reminded me of Bruce Henderson who did everything he could to stop the downtown ballpark construction. I seem to remember Donna Frye also came out against giving the land to the Chargers and cited traffic as one of the reasons. Their argument was that the Chargers were only important to a small segment of people in SD and that the city would lose out on their own potential development of that land if they just gave it to the Chargers. They used the traffic excuse to try and get people behind their unwillingness to give the land to the Chargers. The leadership in their obstinance failed the people. I thought it was stupid then and it's even more stupid looking back on it now. Did the city ever do anything with that land? No, of course not.
Nick Canepa reveals time and time again that he is a Chargers' flak. Last week he lambasted the task force for picking Mission Valley (not the Chargers first choice) knowing full well that Mission Valley was one of two choices put forth by the mayor. Why didn't he criticise Mayor Faulconer for raising it in the first place? Canepa wants a stadium in the worst way and he doesn't care how it gets paid for.
During the convention center discussions he wrote disparagingly about the contiguous proposal for the expansion. I wonder how many times Mr. Canepa has even been in the convention center and if he really cares how it's built or what it looks like. The Chargers challenged the expansion because it would make it harder for them to go after the TOT money. So Canepa has to attack the expansion.
Now he claims that it was traffic that stopped the city from approving the the Mission Valley site back in "05. As Scott points out, it was the Chargers that nixed the project because the numbers didn't pencil out. Maybe Mike Aguirre saved the Chargers from themselves if they want to blame him for the failure to get Mission Valley done. After all, had the Chargers or their development partners gone ahead with the project, a lot of red ink would have been spilled when the real estate market collapsed.
Nick will blame anyone but the Chargers for the situation we are in today. This from a guy that wrote that Jimmy Carter's decision to boycott the Moscow Olympics was the worst decision ever made by an American president. He's a small town writer in a big city and while I understand that sports are important to him, his worldview leaves much to be desired.
Why do the Chargers need a $1B stadium now? If you use the CPI that $450M is now about $538M. Essentially, that stadium would cost about as much as the Cardinal's stadium in Glendale. Last time I looked the UOP stadium was nice enough to host two Super Bowls and the BCS championship game. Hell, you could even put a retractable roof on it and still be under $700M
@Dennis1960 see Dan McSwain's excellent analysis of what's going on: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/mar/15/nfl-stadiums-worth-high-cost-to-owners/
Yes, read it. Personally I would like to wake up every morning next to Brandi Williams and Dagmar Midcap - that sure seems reasonable to me.
A stadium will not get built in Carson. LA wants the Rams back, they always have, and Inglewood is a better location (if you can say that about anywhere in LA). Carson is likely nothing more than leverage to get the NFL to demand that Kroenke accept a second tenant. That would be either The Duhs or the Chargers. LA's second choice is the Duhs. The NFL will not want a third team in LA nor would LA accept one. So that would leave one team, likely the Chargers, on the outside looking in. San Antonio or St. Louis would be a possibility for them then. Not sure how the golfing is in either location which Deano will have to deal with.
If all this is the Spanos wanting to "keep up with the Joneses" then they can leave. They would be dead to me and we have had season tickets since 1963 and had to deal with a lot of crappy football over that span. If they do leave I hope the city, county and any entity that calls San Diego their home would divest themselves of any dealings they have with Goldman-Sachs. I do think the NFL has reached its peak and rule changes, the overall sissifying of the game, and looming further litigation over head injuries are not going to make the league healthier.
Who knows, perhaps we can take some of the money we would spend on a stadium and build a new sports arena at the downtown site (which makes much more sense economically than a football stadium) and try to attract an NHL club. Maybe Kroenke's son would want to move to beautiful Southern Cal and be closer to his dad. I can dream, right. Just read my first sentence.
This is good, interesting, different. Tho your point at the end about this being the same plan but larger is incorrect. This plan will be diverse and draw from numerous sources of revenue, and it's only framework. The deal -- if there's one to be made -- will ultimately be put together by the Mayor and Mr. Spanos. BTW, if I was mad those tweets would have been in ALL CAPS. ;)
@Tony Manolatos I didn't say the plan would be larger. I said the stadium was more expensive and I was eagerly anticipating how the task force would close the gap.