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— At the same time, I would suggest that the American press do its job by revealing just who these NFL owners are. I have searched the Web, and there are still copies available of Dan E. Moldea's excellent 1989 book, Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football, published by Morrow. It is extremely well documented and heavily footnoted. The book shows how, through the years, mobsters and gambling-connected characters have owned teams or influenced owners and players. People should read the book and understand just who is depriving cities of their infrastructure and police and fire services.

At the same time, San Diegans should be educated that the so-called Fans, Taxpayers and Business Alliance (indistinguishable from the city-subsidized International Sports Council) and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce are appeasers that are being manipulated by the Chargers. They are corporate welfarists who do not have the city's interest at heart.

Meanwhile, the city attorney's office "should change its team," says Henderson. "We need to bring in people who understand the situation in L.A." The city has relied upon too many people who have a business interest in remaining friendly with the professional sports industry. They will give bad advice to San Diego, just as Skadden, Arps gave horrendous advice to San Diego Gas & Electric.

"I know the caliber and quality of the people we are dealing with," says councilmember Donna Frye. "The only thing that would surprise me is if they did something that would benefit the public in San Diego."

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