Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Will Chargers leave for LA? Which newspaper d'ya read?
LA Times, U-T, Denver Post have different views on what Anschutz doing
Denver multi-billionaire Philip Anschutz on Thursday decided not to sell his Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). The bids were too low. Anschutz also fired AEG chief executive Tim Leiweke, who has been dealing with the National Football League, LA politicians, state legislators and many others in the attempt to get a subsidized football stadium in downtown LA, which would be occupied by one or perhaps two teams -- one of them, possibly, the Chargers.
When Anschutz's moves were announced, Jay Paris of the U-T wrote, "The message from the City of Angels was one many always speculated: Ding, dong, the NFL remains dead...It's obvious Anschutz doesn't have the stomach for the NFL." Ergo, Chargers probably wouldn't leave for LA, and therefore it's time for the City to build the team a stadium. Ugh (my response.)
Wrote Steve Lopez of he Los Angeles Times, "The city got sacked...prospects for an NFL team don't look so hot."
But the Denver Post wrote that Anschutz is still committed to the downtown project and recruiting a team to play in it. The Post printed a story from the Los Angeles Daily News quoting Anschutz saying that he would devote more time than ever to getting the stadium built and wooing a team. "I think there's a good chance the NFL comes back to LA," said Anschutz. The LA Times, after interviewing Anschutz, softened its tone, indicating that maybe there was still a chance, but the NFL now is wrestling with a tough negotiator, Anschutz.
So San Diego is back where it was: flailing in uncertainty. So is LA, it would seem.