OC Register- San Diego officials have chosen Sept. 11 as the deadline for the NFL’s Chargers to agree on a new stadium in Mission Valley and thus commit to staying in San Diego.
City officials told the Chargers on Tuesday the two sides need to reach a deal by the September deadline on the proposed $1.1 billion stadium in order to meet legal requirements that would enable a Jan. 12 special election to be held for the stadium.
City and San Diego county officials also outlined a financing plan, according to NFL senior vice president Eric Grubman, for “a public/private project requiring very significant funding from NFL and Chargers sources.”
The Chargers walked away from negotiations with the city and the task force last month, calling the city’s EIR timetable “completely unrealistic” and inconsistent with the California Environmental Quality Act. Carmen Policy, the point man for a proposed stadium in Carson backed by the Chargers and Raiders, told the Register last week he is confident the NFL will approve the two teams relocating to Los Angeles County this fall.
I think San Diego may have gotten a little mixed up in regards to who has the upper hand in this situation. This is like when you are in the midst of a relationship that's on the rocks, and the other person has better options coming their way, and instead of catering to their every need, you give them an ultimatum. Well, good look San Diego, hope you weren't too big of a fan of having the Chargers in town. They were sitting on the fence, and you basically just drop kicked them over the other side into the arms of another, much better looking, man. Were you even trying to play your cards right, or was this the equivalent of setting the entire deck on fire in defeat? I got to be honest, that's kind of what it feels like. The Chargers WANT to end up in Los Angeles. If San Diego is so dead-set on keeping them around they should be cooking them breakfast, giving them full control of the TV remote, and offering up the occasional morning blowjob to convince the Chargers of their long term potential. "Take me or leave me" doesn't work when you are the secondary choice. You have to hang on for dear life and hope that the primary choice fucks it up somehow. Right now San Diego is the wife, but the Chargers are constantly working late. Constantly giving excuses that don't add up. They may not be with Los Angeles yet, but they certainly smell like they been. If San Diego wants to make to make it work they should do everything in their power to keep the divorce papers away from the Chargers, not expedite their arrival.