DAILY LINKS: San Diego must earn extra time needed to keep Chargers

San Diego's Jan Goldsmith, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and Ron Roberts

Chargers & Rams Lease Agreement Approved By NFL Owners
According to Fred Roggin of NBC 4 Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers will likely soon be the Los Angeles Chargers after having their lease agreement with the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, California approved.

NFL owners show little optimism regarding stadium efforts in San Diego, Oakland – The OC Register
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t saying whether he’s optimistic that San Diego and Oakland can keep their teams, while Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay considers both franchises all but gone.

Dean Spanos of the Chargers and the Raiders’ Mark Davis weren’t talking at the NFL owners meeting Wednesday in the Dallas area. And no new specifics were revealed by Goodell a day after city and county officials in Oakland agreed to open negotiations with an investment group on a $1.3 billion plan for a new stadium.

VIDEO: Mixed Optimism From NFL Meetings, Roger Goodell On The Chargers
Find out why there’s mixed optimism coming from the NFL owners on if the Chargers can get something done in San Diego and what Roger Goodell had to say about their future and his talk with Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Roger Goodell: No viable stadium plan on table for Oakland, San Diego – USA Today
“These issues have been going on for an awful long time,” Goodell said in a news conference. “The challenges of getting stadiums built is something that we’ve worked very hard on. We’ve made, I think, tremendous progress. We have not made great progress in Oakland and San Diego. There is not a stadium proposal on the table that we think addresses the long-term issues of the clubs and communities, so we need to continue to work at it.

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Our nighttime host Kevin Acee updates us from Dallas as to the feel of the Owners Meeting and what could happen.

NFL: San Diego must earn extra time needed to keep Chargers – San Diego Union-Tribune
Like last year, San Diego is playing for overtime.

Problem is, the NFL contends that , essentially, San Diego hasn’t been playing.

“We’re just waiting to see what happens,” Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said. “We are leaving the door open for something, hoping they’ll come up with something. But it remains to be seen. They need to come up with something firm.”



The San Diego Gulls 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss is Saturday December 17 at Valley View Casino Center. Come out to support Rady Children’s Hospital and watch incredible Gulls Hockey!

Click here to see fans tossing the bears at last year’s Gulls Teddy Bear Toss!


Spanos presence grows in Bolts football operation – San Diego Union-Tribune
Telesco excels at building relationships, his former Colts colleague Jim Caldwell, now head coach of the Lions, told the U-T last year.

The GM works with no fewer than three Spanoses: club Owner-Chairman Dean Spanos, John Spanos, and, increasingly, Michael Spanos II.

San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers placed on Injured Reserve – Bolts from the Blue
The Chargers have placed cornerback Brandon Flowers on injured reserve, bringing the total up to 18 players to go on IR this year. Also, adding Flowers to the IR puts the Chargers at over $38 million in cap space all allocated to players on injured reserve.

The question now becomes whether the team keeps him on his current deal and pay him the $11M he’s owed in 2017 knowing the rash of head injuries he’s sustained or if they move on from Flowers this offseason and pay him $4M to make him a free agent.

Join Us At The 7th Annual Clean Your Drawers!
The 7th Annual Clean Your Drawers is here! This year’s event will be held on December 15th (today!) & 16th, with live broadcasts from the Dan Sileo Show, the Darren Smith Show, and the Scott and BR Show from On The Border in Mission Valley. Stop by with your old clothes and unwanted electronics to donate!

VIDEO: Gulls Offense Struggling After Eight-Game Win Streak
Craig Elsten breaks down the Gulls recent struggles and what the team needs to correct before hosting the Stockton Heat this weekend.

NBA, NBPA reach tentative new collective bargaining agreement – Sports Illustrated
The NBA and NBPA have finalized a new collective bargaining agreement ahead of Thursday’s opt-out deadline, the league announced Wednesday night.

With an agreement in place, the new terms are pending ratification by players and owners. Both the league and Players Association had until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET for either side to opt out of the active CBA, triggering a potential lockout in summer 2017. The new deal runs through the 2023–24 season, with a mutual opt-out available in 2022.

US men’s soccer to play Serbia at Q – San Diego Union-Tribune
Bruce Arena’s first game in his return as coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team will be Sunday, Jan. 29, at Qualcomm Stadium against Serbia.

It is Team USA’s first trip to the Q since July 2013 against Guatemala, a 6-0 win behind a pair of Landon Donovan goals in its first win in seven visits to San Diego County.

Larry Nance Jr. majestically soars through the air and crushes a vicious dunk on Brook Lopez – SB Nation
If you’re defending the rim and see Larry Nance Jr. coming towards you with the ball, don’t try to be a hero. Listen, this is not going to end well for you.

Don’t try to draw the charge.

Don’t try and swipe at the ball.

And for the love of all that is holy, DO NOT EVER JUMP AND TRY TO BLOCK HIS DUNK.

Louisville AD Says Cardinals Received Plays From Wake Forest Radio Announcer Before Football Game – Deadspin
One day after Wake Forest fired and banned football radio announcer Tommy Elrod for sharing game prep materials with the team’s opponents for at least two years, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said that the Cardinals had received information from Elrod this season, before their Nov. 12 game against the Demon Deacons.


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