Jewish World Review May 19, 2003 / 17 Iyar, 5763

Evan Weiner

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The courting of Alex Spanos


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | The courting of Alex Spanos by the city of san diego will continue through the summer.

Alex Spanos owns an NFL team which is currently playing in San Diego but Spanos has been unhappy with his lease arrangement for three years and is unhappy that the baseball Padres are getting a new stadium while he's stuck in a 1960s built facility that has undergone numerous renovations but was good enough to host this year's Super Bowl.

Spanos can get out of his lease after the season, but where would he take his business? Los Angeles, of course, is the prize and Spanos' team will be training near LA.

But there is no NFL ready facility in the nation's second largest market.

Pasadena announced plans for a $500 million renovation of the Rose Bowl but has no funding plan at the moment, while the Los Angeles City Council wants to put an NFL franchise in the Coliseum, a venue NFL owners don't want.

So that leaves Spanos with little leverage other than to talk to San Diego, which he will continue to do until he gets want he wants, a new stadium.

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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.

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