Jewish World Review May 19, 2003 / 17 Iyar, 5763
The courting of Alex Spanos
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
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