DAILY LINKS: San Diego on latest MLS expansion list

San Diego on latest MLS expansion list – San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego was among 10 cities listed by Commissioner Don Garber for Major League Soccer expansion from 24 to 28 teams, possibly as soon as 2020. But before you wrap a supporter’s scarf around your neck, brush up on the passive offside rule and begin wondering which players with local ties might be available in the expansion draft, consider what has to happen first.

The NFL’s Chargers probably have to leave, which Garber admits makes the “market more attractive to us.”

Then Qualcomm Stadium would have to be demolished, and the city would have to gift the lucrative piece of land to a development group (that currently involves former Padres owner John Moores) proposing to build a “university annex” there for San Diego State and UC San Diego with a mid-sized stadium as a centerpiece.

AUDIO: Daniel Kaplan On Chargers/NFL Meeting “I Think Most Owners Still Have An Open Mind About This
Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan on sentiments from the NFL owners on the Chargers and Raiders relocation, why the league still prefers for Spanos to stay in San Diego and if there’s really a feel for two teams in the Los Angeles market.

ACEE: City, Chargers have to plan or get off the pot – San Diego Union-Tribune
Faulconer and the city council need to put a plan together and have their experts analyze what it is possible for the city to do in terms of public monetary contribution. They need to find out what San Diego State can contribute, how much the county really has to offer and what the private sector is willing to commit.

Then they must elucidate their offer before the Jan. 15 deadline for Spanos to announce his intention of staying or going. That means now.

There will be no solution reached by then. There will have to be an election in 2018 or 2020. The Chargers and NFL know that. But they are demanding definition to a plan.

Spit it out, San Diego. At some point, politicians have to take some risk. Another saying that isn’t a saying is “No risk, lots of reward.”

AUDIO: Ronnie Lott: “HOPEFULLY We Can Put Something In Front Of Him (Mark Davis) That He Feels Good About”
Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott joins Scott and BR to discuss the stadium efforts he is involved in up in Oakland and how it could pertain to San Diego. Listen here!

PODCAST: Gulls In Flight S2E15 – Jordan Samuels-Thomas
Craig Elsten and B.J. MacPherson are back to hash out a tough week for the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club, and to look ahead to the holiday break. The boys look back at three straight losses to San Jose and Ontario, including a Tuesday night heartbreaker at Valley View Casino Center.



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!


Gophers players boycott football; bowl game participation in jeopardy – Minnesota Star Tribune
After refusing to practice Thursday, Gophers players donned their maroon game jerseys and announced that they are boycotting all football activities — even their Dec. 27 bowl game, if need be — in protest of the University of Minnesota’s decision to suspend 10 teammates as a result of a September sexual assault allegation.

Watch: TNT’s Inside the NBA remembers Craig Sager – Sports Illustrated
Sager, who died at 65, had battled cancer for more than two years. He was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. He went into remission after a bone marrow transplant, but the disease ultimately returned in March.

The TNT broadcast cold-opened with a an extended video tribute to Sager voiced by host Ernie Johnson, who was unavailable in-studio on Thursday. Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith were in their usual spots, and also shared their memories and thoughts. O’Neal, in particular, was emotional.

A shaken Gregg Popovich had to step away after his emotional tribute to Craig Sager – For The Win
Before the Spurs’ game against the Suns, Popovich gave an emotional reflection on Sager and stepped away without taking questions. He was visibly shaken, but his tribute to Sager remained heartfelt.

VIDEO: Join Us At The 7th Annual Clean Your Drawers!
The 7th Annual Clean Your Drawers is here! This year’s event is being held yesterday & today (rain or shine!), 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!

Yangervis Solarte wins 2016 Tony Conigliaro Award – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Padres third baseman is the 27th winner of the annual award, given to a major league player “who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks” of Conigliaro.

San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects For 2017 – FOX Sports
As I put together my farm system rankings, it’s hard to argue against the Padres having the most ceiling of any farm system in baseball. The issue is that they have nearly no prospects at the AA/AAA levels right now. You’ll see two on this top ten list, but they’ll both be in the majors in 2017, leaving a big hole in the upper minors as far as talent goes.

VIDEO: Much Different Feel To “Raider Week” This Time Around
Qualcomm Stadium will likely serve as a home game for the incoming Oakland Raiders this weekend. So, what can the Chargers do to win? Joe Tutino and Jay Paris break it down.

Jared Goff Forced To Leave Game After Massive Hit From Richard Sherman – Deadspin
Rams QB Jared Goff’s lackluster night in Seattle ended early after Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman leveled him in the fourth quarter when Goff was breaking for the end zone.


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