by Marty Caswell
On Monday afternoon, the city and county of San Diego unveiled details and financing plans for their proposed $1.1 billion dollar stadium in Mission Valley, along with a 6,000 page environmental impact report.
Full disclosure, I was overwhelmed with dizziness by page four.
On Tuesday at the special owners’ meetings in Chicago, NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman, the point man on Los Angeles, said the city of San Diego is making “significant progress.”
Finally. It may be too little too late and the Chargers couldn’t appear more disinterested but it’s the first time significant or progress has ever been uttered by the NFL in regards to a San Diego stadium plan, much less in the same sentence.
Roger Goodell has been effusive in his praise of of St. Louis and their diligent efforts to build a new stadium and retain the Rams, but has been noncommittal towards San Diego except to often express how hard and patiently Dean Spanos has been working on a San Diego site over the last decade. But Grubman addressed the media Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Carmen Policy updated the NFL’s Los Angeles committee on the progress of the Raiders and Chargers for a joint venue in Carson.
“Well San Diego made a very thorough presentation in front of the LA committee yesterday and that proposal evidenced, I’m sorry, the city of San Diego evidenced a significant amount of progress in terms of putting something together which is beginning to be defined. They also went through their strategy for dealing with various risks and threats, it could be a litigation threat over environmental permitting and certifications. There could be threats from the standpoint of obtaining the necessary public support the Mayor has called for and so forth and so on. There were a lot of questions about that and those questions remain open. They are working on responses and how to mitigate those risks and the role of the committee as was mentioned by the Commissioner is to try to bring about a scenario and a plan which achieves certainty and so I think to the extent that the city of San Diego is also looking at certainty, they’re going to have to deal with those risks and we’re going to get more information about those in the coming weeks and months.”
You can find the full presentation right here
County supervisor Ron Roberts joined The Darren Smith Show on Monday afternoon and said that he, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and city attorney Jan Goldsmith have been invited by the NFL to their October meetings in New York, at which time the cities of San Diego and St. Louis will make their full presentations to all the NFL owners. (Oakland is a mess, has no plan, so will not present) You can listen to that full interview here and find out why he doesn’t expect the Chargers to return to negotiations by the September 11th deadline.
Watch– Eric Grubman on his July meeting with the City of San Diego
So do the Chargers share Grubman’s view that the city of San Diego has made significant progress with their expedited EIR and stadium proposal? Highly doubtful, and Carmen Policy, hired by the Chargers and Raiders specifically for their Carson project, made no bones to where Dean Spanos and the Chargers have their sole focus.
“Let me just say this, the Raiders and Chargers are committed to LA. And they’ve spent a lot of money. A lot of money.”
A revolting statement to the eyes and ears of any Chargers fans that has devoted time, years and money, a lot of money, Carmen, to rooting and supporting their team. To generations of fans who have lived and died with their team through good and bad, and yes, there’s been a lot of bad.
But then Policy followed up with this tone-deaf gem.
“We are hoping they are going to follow the Chargers to Southern California. Right now, 25 percent of the Chargers business is located in the LA market.”
Daily News Vincent Bonsignore joined Darren Smith with takeaways from the NFL meetings in Chicago and how the respective plans for the Carson and Inglewood project were received. Listen to it here
Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis joined Darren Smith on takeaways from the city of San Diego’s stadium proposal and why the city and Chargers have conflicting fan polls. Listen to it here