BigbadB wrote:On a related note, I'm really confused by Spanos. He is currently one of the most hated people in San Diego at the moment. Him and his lawyer. But it's because he won't sit down for discussions on keeping the team in San Diego. And with the way this vote went down, he got royally screwed on moving to LA. If he does move the team, he's just going to be a lowly renter and his team will be a shadow of the Rams in that town. He doesn't have near the money to take on a full partnership with Kroenke, and Kroenke knows it and is going to play him like a fiddle if he decides to latch on to Kroenke's coattail. He's really caught between a rock and a hard place at this point and whatever decision he makes is not what he wanted.
The cost to move the team is $550m. He'll play a season at the Coliseum where the Chargers will be the 4th most popular team playing there. He will always share the market, and that proved that it didn't work before.
Or, he could could take the $550m he would be using to relocate and the added $100m that the NFL is just handing him to build a stadium in San Diego, and he could own his own stadium and have the entire market to himself. And the fans would stop hating him here in San Diego because he'd finally be doing exactly what the fans have wanted him to do from the start. Maybe it's been leverage all along to get the city to build the stadium for him, but San Diego has held firm on not doing it. After watching what just happened in St. Louis, San Diego is smart in not caving to the demands.
Isn't $650M about half of what new stadiums cost? That's more like a renovation budget.