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Yahoosports, quoting "multiple sources with an understanding of the Los Angeles and Chargers situation," says the Chargers — now that they have fired coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith — may look for a new coach that will play well in Los Angeles. The earliest the team would move would be in 2014, reports Yahoosports. A team source is quoted saying "Everybody knows that [owner Dean Spanos] wants to be in San Diego. That has always been his priority." We have heard those words from Chargers flack Mark Fabiani numerous times. The story goes on to say that new mayor Bob Filner promises there will be no "sweetheart" deal for the Chargers, thus complicating the situation. The story does not report the roadblocks in Los Angeles's attempt to build a football stadium.

Yahoosports even polls 2,614 people on what kind of new Chargers coach would fit most snugly into glitzy Los Angeles. A full 47% say "a big name with a big personality." One-fourth say a coach with "rising talent and trendsetting ideas."

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 1, 2013 @ 1 a.m.

Chargers are not going anywhere, no $$ left to scam from LA or anyone else. Glad Filner is not caving in to them...


Don Bauder Jan. 1, 2013 @ 7:23 a.m.

SurfPup: We HOPE Filner is not caving into them. DeMaio certainly would have. Filner has no reason to capitulate. He has identified the dubious accounting by which his predecessor claimed the City was in good financial shape. Filner knows it isn't true. And his political instincts should be sharp enough to lead him to the conclusion that the broad public wants money to go to neighborhoods and infrastructure, not corporate welfare. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Jan. 1, 2013 @ 10:39 a.m.

A note of skepticism: Filner is a clever politician, and also knows about sports fanatics. While SD may have fewer on a per capita basis than, say, Chicago or Baltimore or even Dallas, it has hundreds of thousands of them, and they can be most vocal and they vote. He may just decide that it would be less hazardous politically to cave in on that than to stand on principle and refuse. The typical SD resident is growing accustomed to the crumbling streets, sewer line and water main breaks, the second-rate fire coverage, and the always-problematical police force. In other words, I'm not sure that the broad public wants money to go to neighborhoods and infrastructure, not corporate welfare.


Don Bauder Jan. 1, 2013 @ 12:45 p.m.

Visduh: I hope you are wrong, but you are so often right that you have me frightened. Another factor is the U-T. After exploiting their ineptitude and stupidity in the campaign against DeMaio, Filner may figure he needs the paper now. Best, Don Bauder


John_Ogre Jan. 10, 2013 @ 12:13 a.m.

I hope we get a chance to vote down public funding for a new stadium.

Hey Don do you know if Alex Spanos has transferred ownership of the Chargers to his kids or does he still own the 96% share? Just wondering if the family might be forced to sell due to estate taxes.


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