The stench from the NFL’s relocation of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles still bugs me. The only consolation will be if San Diego gets to keep the Chargers at a “reasonable cost” to taxpayers.
St. Louis got played. There is no way NFL owners were going to turn down the pot of gold waiting in Los Angeles. What really stinks is the NFL’s hypocrisy. It refused to kick in an extra $100 million (above its standard $200 million contribution) for a new stadium in St. Louis. Then the NFL turned around and gave the San Diego and Oakland owners an extra $100 million for new stadia in those communities.
St. Louis simply was unlucky it had an owner determined to leave. San Diego now has a year to strike a stadium deal. Chargers owner Dean Spanos demands $350 million in public money. San Diego’s mayor rightly says the public must vote to OK that contribution. San Diego has one thing going for it. Spanos doesn’t like Rams owner Stan Kroenke. If he did, the Chargers already would be in L.A. Maybe San Diego can come up with some type of sales-tax subsidy that will be palatable to voters.