Ron Roberts and Kevin Faulconer
In an exclusive interview with sports-talk jocks Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith of AM 1090’s Scott & BR Show, San Diego County supervisor Ron Roberts disclosed the events of the January 29 closed-door meeting between Roberts, mayor Kevin Faulconer, and Chargers owner Dean Spanos. The two city officials were invited to the Spanos home unaware of what the day’s talks would reveal.
“He likes San Diego. His family likes San Diego,” Roberts reiterated, “the Spanos family wants to stay in San Diego.”
Roberts called the outcome “a roll-up our sleeves moment,” and laughed when he said, “I call it the ‘Lazarus Project,’ because it keeps coming back.”
When Kaplan asked the county supervisor if location was on the table — meaning Mission Valley versus downtown — Roberts said that Mission Valley remains the city’s preferred location for a Chargers stadium, while it is common knowledge that the Chargers camp is pulling for a downtown site.
Kaplan speculated that the savvy Spanos could be stalling the Oakland Raiders and that team’s owner, Mark Davis, from making any moves on San Diego, as it is the latest in ongoing national chatter surrounding San Diego’s appeal as an NFL location.
Roberts dismissed Kaplan’s remark and stated that Spanos and the two city officials were not talking about 2016 but a long-term deal between the Chargers and San Diego.
With that, Kaplan likened today’s news and its future implications to a pro wrestling match. “It’s a loser-leave-town match, Mr. Roberts…either the Chargers go or we do.”