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Fabiani goes to work for casino billionaire

Still employed by the Chargers, of course

Mark Fabiani
Mark Fabiani

Mark Fabiani, who feasts off celebrities in trouble, is now representing Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, whom Forbes estimates is worth $25 billion, the 15th richest plutocrat in the United States.

Sheldon Adelson

Through a front group, Adelson purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper on December 10. But the identity of the purchaser was kept secret for several days. When the paper revealed Adelson was the buyer, the staff revolted. Adelson poured $100 million into the 2012 election and had pursued a libel suit against a staffer who went broke defending himself.

Staff members had been suspicious earlier when told to tail Vegas judges, including one who had chastised Adelson in an ongoing case. The editor-in-chief resigned, claiming he did so after he learned about Adelson buying the paper. The paper said he had resigned before the Adelson purchase was revealed. Fabiani was author of a message from the new owner giving management's side.

Fabiani represented Bill and Hillary Clinton over the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals; he counseled cyclist Lance Armstrong during the doping scandals.

The Chargers hired Fabiani in 2002, supposedly to campaign for a taxpayer-subsidized stadium in San Diego. However — in the opinion of many people (including yours truly) — Fabiani knew that the Chargers preferred to go to Los Angeles but wanted to keep San Diego in their back pocket. This required some delicate wordsmithing. Then, as zero hour approached in L.A., Fabiani was tasked with alienating San Diego, so National Football League owners would conclude the region did not want to put taxpayer money behind the stadium and permit a move to L.A.

He has done an excellent job alienating San Diego and its leaders, but the team now faces a problem: it may not be able to get to L.A., at least in the next several years. So, the team might have to repair community relations, even though it still intends to get to L.A. That would require doubletalk on steroids.

Stan Kroenke

Multi-billionaire Stan Kroenke wants to move his St. Louis Rams to a stadium he intends to build in Inglewood. He says he could accommodate another team, but it appears the Chargers and Kroenke have a cool relationship. The Chargers and Oakland Raiders say they want to build a stadium in Carson, but the financing there is quite dubious. Also, Kroenke could afford to pay a fat relocation fee to the league owners; the Chargers and Raiders can't afford that. A big relocation fee offer could get owners on the fence to join Kroenke.

One route out: the Chargers could suddenly sell the team to a moneybags who could match Kroenke's relocation fee. If that happens, or if it doesn't happen and the team returns to San Diego, Fabiani could be odd man out. But he has lots of clients.

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Mark Fabiani
Mark Fabiani

Mark Fabiani, who feasts off celebrities in trouble, is now representing Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, whom Forbes estimates is worth $25 billion, the 15th richest plutocrat in the United States.

Sheldon Adelson

Through a front group, Adelson purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper on December 10. But the identity of the purchaser was kept secret for several days. When the paper revealed Adelson was the buyer, the staff revolted. Adelson poured $100 million into the 2012 election and had pursued a libel suit against a staffer who went broke defending himself.

Staff members had been suspicious earlier when told to tail Vegas judges, including one who had chastised Adelson in an ongoing case. The editor-in-chief resigned, claiming he did so after he learned about Adelson buying the paper. The paper said he had resigned before the Adelson purchase was revealed. Fabiani was author of a message from the new owner giving management's side.

Fabiani represented Bill and Hillary Clinton over the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals; he counseled cyclist Lance Armstrong during the doping scandals.

The Chargers hired Fabiani in 2002, supposedly to campaign for a taxpayer-subsidized stadium in San Diego. However — in the opinion of many people (including yours truly) — Fabiani knew that the Chargers preferred to go to Los Angeles but wanted to keep San Diego in their back pocket. This required some delicate wordsmithing. Then, as zero hour approached in L.A., Fabiani was tasked with alienating San Diego, so National Football League owners would conclude the region did not want to put taxpayer money behind the stadium and permit a move to L.A.

He has done an excellent job alienating San Diego and its leaders, but the team now faces a problem: it may not be able to get to L.A., at least in the next several years. So, the team might have to repair community relations, even though it still intends to get to L.A. That would require doubletalk on steroids.

Stan Kroenke

Multi-billionaire Stan Kroenke wants to move his St. Louis Rams to a stadium he intends to build in Inglewood. He says he could accommodate another team, but it appears the Chargers and Kroenke have a cool relationship. The Chargers and Oakland Raiders say they want to build a stadium in Carson, but the financing there is quite dubious. Also, Kroenke could afford to pay a fat relocation fee to the league owners; the Chargers and Raiders can't afford that. A big relocation fee offer could get owners on the fence to join Kroenke.

One route out: the Chargers could suddenly sell the team to a moneybags who could match Kroenke's relocation fee. If that happens, or if it doesn't happen and the team returns to San Diego, Fabiani could be odd man out. But he has lots of clients.

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Don - some TV comedian recently made the observation that Sunday used to be reserved for church but now is saved for football games.

Dec. 26, 2015

shirleyberan: True, but why should a comedian make the remark? It's not funny. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 26, 2015

Albert Lopez: Pro football is all about greed. What do you expect? Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 26, 2015

Albert Lopez: FabIani pretended to be a gentleman, but when it came time for the Chargers to reveal what they had been aiming for since 1995 -- relocation to L.A. -- Fabiani had to switch gears to alienate San Diegans so the NFL owners would conclude the team wasn't wanted in the city it called home for decades. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 26, 2015

David Crossley: Ditto for rats. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 26, 2015

Albert Lopez (2): How about a skunk -- the skunk at the garden party? Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 26, 2015

Mike Murphy: But he rakes in a lot of money being a skunk. He is doing what the Spanos family wants him to do -- get San Diegans to flip the bird at the Chargers. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 26, 2015

problem the rabid fans ( like skunks) don't smell the stink

Dec. 28, 2015

Murphyjunk: This is not unusual. I have spent 50 years chasing financial fraud. I find that when I break a story about a scam, the victims don't admit it. They blame me for rocking the boat. Ditto when the government steps in.

Later, as it becomes clear that it was a fraud, many victims will come forward and talk. But even after the scammer goes to the slammer, some will stick by him. Ponzi had his adorers right until he died. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 28, 2015

Hi Don, thanks for the information.

Q: What do you get when you mix a pro football owner's (corp. mobster) lawyer, with a casino (corp. mobster) lawyer?

A: I don't know but know the entity is in our nightmares.

Dec. 26, 2015

Darren: As I have written many times, from the NFL's founding more than 90 years ago, the teams have been owned greatly by gangsters/gamblers. There is nothing unusual about Fabiani working for a team and a casino owner at the same time. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 27, 2015

Yes Don, well said! Football is our modern Bread & Circus for the masses. Take care and Happy New Year to you Don!

Dec. 29, 2015

Darren: I wrote a column a couple of years ago comparing American football with Roman slaughter games. Guinea pig humans battled slaves and animals such as lions. The crowds loved it. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 29, 2015

The thing I like about Sheldon is that he is honest about buying politicians. At least he doesn't pretend to be a good guy. I will celebrate the day he shoots through.

Dec. 27, 2015

AlexClarke: Another one who admits he has bought politicians is Donald Trump, also a major shark in the casino business. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 27, 2015

I think Fabiani's initials are apt. He is truly an MF-er. (Delete it if you must!! - hoping I can sneak one past the censors)

Dec. 27, 2015

ImJustABill: At least two others have commented on the same topic. They survived. You will. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 27, 2015

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