Jewish World Review March 7, 2003 / 3 Adar II, 5763
Playing the $tadium game --- and $coring
Nearly three years ago, San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos
told this reporter that he was unhappy with his stadium
situation. Now Spanos and his son, Dean, are pursuing other
In March 2000, Alex Spanos created a furor in San Diego by
telling the truth. He was unhappy with his facility and wanted
San Diego to build him a stadium like the city was doing for John
Moores and the San Diego Padres. Spanos did not talk to the
local media about his concern and his remarks blindsided both
the San Diego city government and the media.
So it came as no surprise that the Spanos family earlier this
week decided to opt out of their long term agreement with San
Diego and are now playing the stadium game. And this game
will feature San Diego and Los Angeles vying for the Spanos
But for the Spanos family, this is an awful
time to get into the game. Public money may not be available. The
state of California has a $10 billion budget gap.
But there is
another way of getting a stadium built. Use private money to get
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