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CHARGERS RESIST TEMPTATION TO SAY "WHAT IF....?"

     In light of the recent deals being offered by other cities,
the $60M package signed between San Diego and the Chargers that
will keep the team in the city until 2020 "could be classified as
a steal" for the city, according to Kevin Kernan of the SAN DIEGO
UNION-TRIBUNE.  Although the Chargers "will not get any money up
front," there has been some criticism of the deal that will
modernize Jack Murphy Stadium and expand capacity from 61,000 to
71,000.  Chargers President Dean Spanos said the criticism
"hurts," as he notes the team "negotiated in good faith and never
once said 'Look what so-and-so is getting.'"  Spanos: "If we were
looking to make as much money as we could, we never would have
signed the lease.  We'd be gone."  But Stadium GM Bill Wilson
says, "Looking at all the other deals that have been offered and
accepted around the country, we're looking real good right now"
(SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/30).
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