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Chargers Vote Might Not Happen in 2012

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by DenverBolt67, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

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    http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/government/thehall/article_173de1e6-b7ee-11e0-a452-001cc4c03286.html

    A public vote on a new downtown Chargers stadium might not happen in 2012, a team official said Tuesday.

    Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani said in an email that changes to the state's redevelopment program, once considered a key component of stadium financing, and the time lost during the NFL's four-month labor strife has put a planned November 2012 ballot measure at risk.

    We still hope to be on the ballot in November 2012, although we realize that major events beyond the city's control, and our control — the continuing economic and budget crisis, the end of redevelopment as we know it, and the months lost to the NFL lockout — may cause us difficulty in meeting the 2012 deadline.

    In February, Fabiani had said that the city of San Diego and the team would need to begin drafting a financing plan for the $800 million stadium this summer to reach the ballot by next November. That hasn't happened.

    Last month, the state gutted redevelopment, likely leaving the city's downtown agency without money to contribute to the project, particularly in the short term. The NFL labor deal signed this week allows for league financing similar to the NFL's previous plan.

    If a stadium vote doesn't happen next November, the issue likely would fall to the city's next mayor. Current Mayor Jerry Sanders' term ends in 2012 and he's worked in fits and starts on the downtown stadium project for almost two years. At one point, the team had hoped to get a stadium plan on the ballot way back in 2006.

    Fabiani has praised the current cooperation between the team and the city. Former downtown redevelopment agency head Fred Maas, who's advising Sanders on Chargers' issues, said the same in an interview with me today.

    The U-T's Matt Hall has interesting stuff on the proposed deal between the Los Angeles and developer AEG on its downtown project. The most interesting: The city projects the NFL to charge an existing team as much as $500 million to move to Los Angeles.
     
  2. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

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    2012 is right around the corner and the LA stadium is not going to be completed till 2016, so this would be a decent timeline. Anyone feel like this is the last opportunity to keep the Chargers in San Diego?
     
  3. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

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    construction on the stadium in LA won't even start until they have a commitment from a team. If a 2012 vote doesn't happen in SD, their next chance would be 2014. And at that point, the stadium wouldn't be built until 2018-2020. I doubt they want to wait that long to get resolution, and there is no guarantee that a vote in 2014 would pass. I just don't see them passing on the opportunity to move into a new stadium on the chance of getting something done in SD
     
  4. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Is it me or does it seem like there is always an excuse to push it back?

    :poop: :poop: :poop:
     
  5. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

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    That is definitely possible Conc. I mean they could be continuing to posture with the SD proposal just to keep people happy while the whole time they are planning on leaving. :(

    Sad to think about, but entirely possible.
     
  6. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    IMHO the Spanos have proven they want to be here. The city has never reciprocated....
     
  7. DenverBolt67

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    At some point, the Chargers will get tired of pushing it back and just go somewhere else
     
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    I agree. You don't spend 10 years and millions of dollars trying to get something done in SD, if they planned to move all along
     
  9. SDRaiderH8er

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    as long as they continue to play in San Diego, I am good with that.

    On a side note the NFL has now said that they will impose a 500 HUNDRED million dollar "Relocation fee" on the team that moves to LA.
     
  10. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    I read that a team has to commit to relocate early next year (before the vote), so by that time maybe another team already said yes
     
  11. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    ^That would be the worst case.
     

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