Jewish World Review Jan. 22, 2003 / 19 Shavat, 5763

Evan Weiner

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Will San Diego lose on Sunday --- even if it wins? | San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos will be hosting the Super Bowl in a stadium he wants to leave as soon as possible.

Back in the late 1990s, the NFL decided that its 2003 showcase would be held in Spanos' home stadium. And by March 2000 Spanos wanted out.

For nearly three years, the Chargers owner along with his son, Dean, have bentover backwards trying to reassuring the community that they really loved San Diego. Of course, there has been some flirtation with Los Angeles, and part of the Chargers operation will move up Interstate 5 as the team will hold training camp in the LA area.

Now that it is Super Bowl week, the Spanos family finally has revealed plans for a $400 million stadium to replace the seemingly adequate San Diego stadium. Spanos has had everything his way with the San Diego city government in the past including getting a provision written that the city would buy all of his unsold football tickets.

Spanos now wants more.

He wants a new stadium and is willing to put up half the money. Spanos has kicked off in the city's most important political contest of the year.

It's now San Diego's ball.

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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. Comment on this column by clicking here.


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