DAILY LINKS: Is Major League Soccer good for San Diego?

Investors unveil plans to bring MLS franchise, stadium to San Diego – ESPN FC
With the NFL’s Chargers leaving for Los Angeles, a group of private investors unveiled plans Monday to bring an MLS team to San Diego and build a stadium that can be shared with San Diego State.

In addition to the joint-use venue which could seat up to 30,000, the 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site which has housed the Chargers would also be used for a sports and entertainment district, according to the FS Investors group’s plans. The plans also set aside acreage for a larger stadium, in case the NFL decides to return to San Diego.

VIDEO: New MLS/SDSU Football Stadium Proposed In Mission Valley
A key piece of the proposed MLS/SDSU football stadium in Mission Valley? No taxpayer money! FS Investors is expected to apply for a Major League Soccer expansion before the end of this month.

AUDIO: Nick Stone: “We Are Solving Three Major Issues For The City Of San Diego”
From FS Investors Nick Stone and Steve Altman joined Scott and BR in studio to talk about their pursuit to bring a new stadium with SDSU and an MLS team to San Diego.

VIDEO: Is FS Investors MV Stadium Proposal Good For San Diego?
Darren Smith and Kevin Acee discuss the proposal by FS Investors to build a MLS/SDSU football stadium in Mission Valley.

Melvin Gordon Headed to the Pro Bowl – Chargers.com
Casey Hayward will have a familiar face with him in Orlando as another Charger is headed to the Pro Bowl.

Running back Melvin Gordon will replace Le’Veon Bell on the AFC roster after the Steelers’ star suffered a groin injury in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. He becomes the first Chargers running back to appear in the annual all-star showcase since Ryan Mathews in 2012.

Raiders Name John Pagano Assistant Head Coach (Defense) – Raiders.com
John Pagano has been named Assistant Head Coach – Defense of the Oakland Raiders, the club announced Monday. Pagano will be entering his 22nd season as an NFL coach, having spent the previous 15 years with the San Diego Chargers, including the last five as defensive coordinator.

AUDIO: AJ Preller: “Wil Has A Chance To Be One Of The Better Players In Baseball”
Padres GM AJ Preller joined Scott and BR to talk about signing Wil Myers to a an extension.

VIDEO: Padres Future Centers Around Wil Myers
The Padres have made Wil Myers the centerpiece for their future by signing the first baseman to a six-year contract extension. Hear from Myers, Manager Andy Green, GM A.J. Preller, and Executive Chairman Ron Fowler on why this deal made sense, and why it was important for the Padres to lock up their best asset for the long run.

ACEE: Padres willing to help keep college football – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Padres have begun talking with architects about configuring the seating at Petco Park to accommodate college football games.

“We’re not going to let Division I football disappear,” Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said Monday.

San Diego State football and the two bowl games run by the San Diego Bowl Game Association are in danger of being homeless if the city closes Qualcomm Stadium after 2018, which officials say is a possibility due to high maintenance costs.

The stadium proposed by the group seeking to bring an MLS expansion franchise to San Diego would not be ready until 2020. That stadium would hold 20,000 for soccer and expand to 30,000 for football.

AUDIO: Wil Myers On Extension & Padres Vision “We’re Going To Be A Very Fun, Exciting Team”
Padres first baseman Wil Myers on signing his six-year extension with the team, why he believes in the vision of A.J. Preller and why they’re going to be a fun, exciting team to watch.

New NCAA rule might not fit SDSU basketball – San Diego Union-Tribune
SDSU’s budget allots two chartered trips this season for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, to use at their discretion. The rest are commercial. Under the new rules, do make bleary-eyed players get off a commercial flight and practice since you’re forced to take a different day off?

AUDIO: Craig Elsten: “This Really Is The Playoff Push For The Gulls”
Gulls play-by-play man Craig Elsten returns to the show to talk with Kevin about his insane goal-call from last Friday night as well as what’s coming up for the San Diego Gulls as they begin this playoff push.


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