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It looks like Mark Davis, son of Oakland Raiders founder Al Davis, will move the team to Las Vegas.

One potential stumbling block, say some in the media, is John Mara, chief executive and co-owner of the National Football League's New York Giants. He objects to a NFL team being based in a city known for its gambling (and other vices, but gambling is the issue here).

Tim Mara

Tim Mara

Mara's grandfather, Tim Mara, founded the Giants in the 1920s. Tim Mara was a bookmaker.

Allen Glick

Allen Glick

The Raiders would fit in nicely in Vegas. According to Dan Moldea's book, Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football, the late Al Davis, while the owner of the Raiders, in 1974 became a partner with San Diego casino owner Allen Glick.

Davis had a 25 percent share of a shopping center in Oakland put together by Glick. The financing for the mall came from the infamously mobbed-up Teamsters pension fund. Glick, who was also a San Diego real estate investor, owned Argent Corporation, which owned Vegas-based Hacienda Hotel/Casino, the Stardust Resort & Casino, the Fremont Hotel and Casino, and a casino in the Marina Hotel.

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aardvark April 25, 2016 @ 2:54 p.m.

First, they would need a stadium to play in, and the stadium site near McCarran International is still sitting vacant.

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Don Bauder April 25, 2016 @ 7:16 p.m.

aardvark: I have written recently about a possible Vegas stadium. Multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson says he will put up money for a stadium -- if, of course, government subsidies pay for most of the cost.

What do you expect? A billionaire to put much of his own money in a stadium? The NFL would consider that heresy. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh April 25, 2016 @ 4:38 p.m.

The real issue is which team is going to pull off the larger scam. Will it be Deano in SD, or Davis in LV?

Locally, as I and others have predicted, the corporate welfare/sports nuts backers of a new stadium are lining up. What they are lining up is a pack of lies and unwarranted assumptions about the feasibility and costs of this proposed sports palace that the city and county cannot afford, and will not support if/when it is ever built. While some locals remain skeptical, too many are now wholeheartedly on board. KOGO now comes across as all for it, and the U-T isn't making any real negative noises. Good old So County politician-for-hire Juan Vargas is all for it; just put money in his campaign fund and he'll love anything. This is sickening, because the city is broke for sure, with Kev-boy talking infrastructure ever since he took office, but actually doing nothing more than the usual inadequate repairs.

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Don Bauder April 26, 2016 @ 7:01 a.m.

Visduh: You make excellent points. Hoteliers are complaining, wisely, about the convadium. But even the hoteliers may weaken. Faulconer asked a bunch of good questions. He may cave before one question is answered.

Yes, Faulconer ran on a platform of improving the rundown infrastructure. I wondered if he would back down when the NFL came in to put on its billionaire scam.

The Chargers should be renamed: to the San Diego Panhandlers. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark April 26, 2016 @ 7:39 a.m.

You would expect KOGO to be all for it, as two of their sister stations (AM 1360 and 105.3 FM) have broadcast rights.

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Visduh April 26, 2016 @ 11 a.m.

Actually, I have to make a correction. The station may be all for it, but their PM guy, Carl DeMaio, was expressing some major reservations about it on the air. Is the station really attempting to have "diversity" of opinion? Or is he going to find himself replaced soon?

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Don Bauder April 26, 2016 @ 9:05 p.m.

Visduh: I believe DeMaio has taken a strong stand against the billionaire stadium scam. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 26, 2016 @ 11:45 a.m.

aardvark: You can expect the mainstream media to slant all coverage in favor of the massive subsidy of a billionaire family. Newspapers, radio and TV stations, social media make money off sports. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark April 26, 2016 @ 9:24 p.m.

Don: 1360 am HAS to be for it, as they are one of two sports stations in SD, and if the Chargers ended up leaving, there really would be no need for two sports stations here with only one major sport remaining. Basically, they are shills--trying to protect their jobs.

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Don Bauder April 27, 2016 @ 9:38 p.m.

aardvark: Of course they are shills. What do you expect? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 26, 2016 @ 9:03 p.m.

aardvark: Even stations that don't have broadcast rights almost always favor the billionaire stadium scam. Even if they don't broadcast games or have sports talk shows, they get some advertising out of sports. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK April 26, 2016 @ 7:33 a.m.

call their bluff, tell them to revamp qualcom ( on their dime) or send them packing. if the tax payers really get a say in the matter that is.

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Don Bauder April 26, 2016 @ 9:07 p.m.

Murphyjunk: Of course that is what San Diego should do. Tell the Chargers to revamp Qualcomm. Sign a tough contract with the team in 2020. But will it happen? Best, Don Bauder

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Dryw Keltz April 26, 2016 @ 10:41 a.m.

If Vegas gets a team, they should make that stadium the permanent home of all the future Superbowls. Now that would be a great yearly location for that game. Plus, if you give them all the Superbowls you could probably get the local hoteliers there to throw in all the additional funding. Sports fanatics in Vegas for a solid week around the Superbowl...it would be a gold mine for the casinos. This is one city that could, without a doubt, make a ton of money off of hosting the big game.

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aardvark April 26, 2016 @ 10:45 a.m.

The League would never do that, as that wouldn't allow them the ability to bribe cities, er, offer the SB to cities who replace their (alleged) outdated stadia with shiny new ones.

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Don Bauder April 26, 2016 @ 11:51 a.m.

aardvark: Correct. The league hands out Super Bowls to cities that give fat stadium subsidies to their NFL teams. You hear the corporate socialists saying the Chargers would get a Super Bowl every four or five years. That is a lie, and they know it. Too many cities -- even those in cold weather climes --have caved in to the billionaire stadium scam and are in line for Super Bowls. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 26, 2016 @ 11:47 a.m.

Dryw Keltz: It would be a gold mine for the casinos and also for the hookers. Best, Don Bauder

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Flapper April 27, 2016 @ 10:38 p.m.

Boyhood is lasting longer and longer.

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Don Bauder April 28, 2016 @ 11:37 a.m.

Flapper: Speak for yourself. As I have mentioned before, I turn 80 in May. Boyhood? What's that? Best, Don Bauder

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Flapper April 28, 2016 @ 2:53 p.m.

Boyhood, after about age 13, is adolescent behavior, a lack of maturity, not necessarily related to the passage of time. A related form is often referred to as "good ol' boys." It means that rather than have the guts to stand on principle, one fawns before authority, a$$-kissing one's way as far up the ladder of avarice as possible.

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Don Bauder April 28, 2016 @ 7:02 p.m.

Flapper: You have just described Donald Trump, who may well become president. You may get in trouble for that. Best, Don Bauder

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