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Fate of Chargers' ownership at stake as Dean Spanos' sister asks court to force sale


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32 minutes ago, Superman(DH23) said:

You are talking about a guy who ran a business for over a decade operating in the red and continuously reinvested in it with no concern about the losses bc of potential future earnings.  The guy keeps a streaming service that has no measure of market share going despite yearly cries to shut it down from the outside.  If you think for 1 second that Bezos wouldnt spend a ton of money to make his team the most profitable and most successful franchise in the NFL you are sorely mistaken

The streaming he does is definitely at a loss. It's just a perk for Amazon prime members. I didn't even realize I could use it for free until the pandemic started. lmao.

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Yes...the Chargers are a dysfunctional organization. But shouldn't there be some sort of oversight by the NFL to prevent them from moving to Los Angeles the same year that the Rams are moving to LA...when the city has previously failed to support not two by one NFL franchise. 

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The NFL owners would love Bezos' wallet and they need the NFL to succeed in LA, so that's a good fit. But even with Bezos behind them, I can't see Chargers winning over the LA fans. Bezos likely won't want to be a renter in Kroenke World either , he's used to being the lead dog. And he certainly has the capital to fund his own palace in San Diego if he wants. Ideal scenario is the Chargers stay in LA for 2 more seasons, helping to pay off the K-palace while Bezos builds his vision in San Diego

Owners would get another re-location fee, and while that money was a big blow to Spanos, its a rounding error for Bezos.
You'll note that the recent TV / streaming deals included Amazon spending mega-millions  - that was Bezos membership fee for the NFL Billionaires Club.

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30 minutes ago, sammymvpknight said:

Yes...the Chargers are a dysfunctional organization. But shouldn't there be some sort of oversight by the NFL to prevent them from moving to Los Angeles the same year that the Rams are moving to LA...when the city has previously failed to support not two by one NFL franchise. 

In terms of dysfunction, they’re pretty middle of the pack. Perfectly average like they always are.

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1 hour ago, Superman(DH23) said:

You are talking about a guy who ran a business for over a decade operating in the red and continuously reinvested in it with no concern about the losses bc of potential future earnings.  The guy keeps a streaming service that has no measure of market share going despite yearly cries to shut it down from the outside.  If you think for 1 second that Bezos wouldnt spend a ton of money to make his team the most profitable and most successful franchise in the NFL you are sorely mistaken

seriously, you have to be a dummy to think Bezos wouldnt be a good owner.

 

but this is just a bad look for the Chargers, hopefully it doesnt drag out.

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57 minutes ago, sammymvpknight said:

Yes...the Chargers are a dysfunctional organization. But shouldn't there be some sort of oversight by the NFL to prevent them from moving to Los Angeles the same year that the Rams are moving to LA...when the city has previously failed to support not two by one NFL franchise. 

NFL wanted them to move to LA it's in there best interest to have teams there. 

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34 minutes ago, sammymvpknight said:

Then the NFL is stupid. Do they not know their own history?

Lol I'm not saying it's smart but they only care about maximizing profit and having a team or 2 teams in one of the biggest markets is probably only thing they care about.

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2 hours ago, 49erurtaza said:

NFL wanted them to move to LA it's in there best interest to have teams there. 

Its an amazing story of power and influence.
At one point, the Raiders/Chargers had a combo offer for both to move to LA together and they nearly had the votes to make it happen. But then the other NFL owners- led by Jerruh- couldn't stomach the idea of giving that massive market to the 2 "poorest" teams in the league. Kroenke came in with his megabucks and his vision for Kroenke-World and suddenly the owners who had supported Spanos turned their backs on him and chose the prettier girl.

When Spanos was trying to build a stadium in SD, he commissioned some blueprints, plans and artist renderings. However - because Spanos was asking for public money, he designed a lower cost, rather spartan stadium. But that's not what the other owners wanted. They wanted a palace that would be the gleaming west coast hub for the league and that's what the Rams owner gave them.

The NFL is 100% committed to making LA work and that's why they build league offices and TV studios as part of the Kroenke complex. Super Bowls, drafts, Pro Bowls and other events are all on the docket. Spanos is there to help pay for it, but he has neither the vision nor the wallet to support what they wanted. 

 

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5 hours ago, TecmoSuperJoe said:

Chargers fans deserve new ownership. Circa 40 years of the Spanos family is enough. A pipe dream scenario would be someone that isn't a dimwit gets ahold of the team in a sale, and moves the team back to San Diego. But who am I kidding, that city will sadly probably never see another NFL team stake it's claim there. 

San Diego, because it is so close to LA, is still the territory of the Chargers, and now also the Rams. Both teams are on TV in San Diego frequently, because San Diego is a secondary market for both teams.

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If the Chargers want a stadium they have control over, what I could see happening is in the future, Anaheim builds a new ballpark for the Angels, and next door would be a brand new stadium for the Chargers, marking the return of the NFL to Anaheim (but they would still be called the Los Angeles Chargers, since Anaheim is not well-known in the sports world, it is more famous for being the site of Disneyland).

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