DAILY LINKS: Adelson withdraws $650M investment for Raiders stadium in Vegas

AUDIO: Is San Diego A Lock In The Eyes Of Major League Soccer?
MLS Commissioner Don Garber joined the Darren Smith Show on the deck of the USS Midway and talked about San Diego’s chances of landing a team.

San Diego Officially Applies For MLS Expansion Team
On Monday, a website was launched with more information about the future plans of FS Investors, both to bring a team to town and also to build a stadium in Mission Valley (on the footprint of what is now Qualcomm Stadium) that would serve as the MLS team’s home and the home of San Diego State Aztecs football.

These investors are estimating more than 30+ soccer games would be played in the stadium each year, which would also be used to house large entertainment events. The stadium would be surrounded by a “sports & entertainment” district made up of bars, restaurants, and more.

AUDIO: Landon Donovan Talks #MLSinSD With Darren Smith
Former U.S. Soccer and L.A. Galaxy superstar Landon Donovan was at the big MLS press conference on the USS Midway yesterday and joined Darren Smith afterwards to talk about why he wants an MLS team in San Diego.

ACEE: Officials on board as San Diego launches MLS mission – San Diego Union-Tribune
The San Diego bid to get an MLS team will be one of as many as a dozen such submissions expected by the Tuesday deadline. The league hopes to announce by fall at least two teams that would begin play in 2020 and perhaps two more that would begin playing at a future date. So this isn’t a slam dunk — or a penalty kick, as it were. There is work to be done, including 72,000 signatures that must be gathered from registered city voters and a city council vote to forego a public election on what would essentially be a land swap.

VIDEO: LaDainian Tomlinson On Hall Of Fame Nerves And What It Meant To Be A San Diego Charger
The great LaDainian Tomlinson on his nerves as the Pro Football Hall of Fame announcement approaches, what it meant to be a San Diego Charger and why he has such a special place in his heart for the fans of San Diego.

Adelsons withdraw investment from proposed Raiders stadium in Las Vegas – Las Vegas Review-Journal
Earlier this month, Raiders representatives told the Stadium Authority board that construction would be financed by Goldman Sachs — with or without the Adelsons as partners.

But Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak was skeptical that Goldman Sachs can fill the financial void left by the Adelsons’ exit. The Adelsons had pledged $650 million toward the stadium’s construction. The Raiders would commit $500 million, and $750 million in bonds would be funded by a 0.88-percentage-point increase in Clark County’s hotel room tax.

The New England Patriots’ Unspoken Mission – The MMQB
In Bill Belichick’s world, players spout platitudes about playing hard and being a good teammate. But deep down, they want Tom Brady to have his podium moment with the Lombardi Trophy and Roger Goodell

The San Diego Padres’ Secret Weapon – East Village Times’
The pitching staff will probably be historically weak. The offense may not be much better. But the Padres do have something to hang their hat on. Something that benefited the team greatly in 2016. Base running.


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