Don Bauder

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Holy Ram nation, Mr. Spanos

ImJustABill: 1. There is still discussion that L.A. will get two teams -- one in the AFC and one in the NFC, and they would probably share a stadium, as the Giants and Jets do in New York (New Jersey). But I don't think the Spanos family has the money to put significant funds in a Los Angeles stadium. Thus, I think the team, or control of it, will have to be sold for the Chargers to get into that market. 2. Hypothetically, the Spanos family could get financing for a stadium. However, the NFL's preferred version of financing is having taxpayers pick up the tab. Judith Grant Long has shown that realistically in these deals, the taxpayers shell out 70 to 80 percent of a stadium. Why borrow when the taxpayers are such suckers? The NFL has loaned interest-free money for stadiums. The Chargers expect to get a big loan from the league. But where would the league most likely loan money? San Diego or LA? Need I ask? The Chargers have said they will put up $200 million for a San Diego stadium. But that is a ruse. In that $200 million will be naming rights, advertising rights, and the like. In reality, the Spanos family is likely to put in less than $100 million in cash outlay. And that raises an interesting point: why should the team get credit for naming and advertising rights when the taxpayers are putting up 70 to 80 percent of the money for the stadium? There is no logical reason that teams should take credit for naming and ad rights. Best, Don Bauder
— February 14, 2015 8:33 p.m.

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