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Chargers Name Super Bowl Guru Jim Steeg Exec VP & COO

Chargers Hire Jim Steeg
As New Exec VP & COO

NFL Senior VP/Special Events JIM STEEG yesterday was introduced as the new Exec VP & COO of the Chargers, effective December 1. Steeg, who will continue his NFL duties through the completion of Super Bowl XXXIX, will take over all business operations of the team, including attempts to develop a new stadium in San Diego (Chargers). Chargers President DEAN SPANOS, on Steeg: “He made the Super Bowl event one of the major sporting events in the world today. A lot of the credit, if not most of the credit, goes to Jim.” Steeg: “The great thing, to me, in coming here was all about a commitment to stay here. That was the first conversation that I had with Dean, that he was committed to stay here” (SAN DIEGO-UNION TRIBUNE, 11/16).

IF YOU BUILD IT: In San Diego, Jim Trotter writes Steeg’s “position with the league makes him as knowledgeable about stadium issues as anyone. He was the point man for potential Super Bowl cities when it came to making sure stadiums met the league’s requirements for holding the game.” Steeg, on a new stadium for San Diego: “It seems like a viable option that’s good for the city.” Spanos said that Steeg’s arrival does not me he is “backing away from the day-to-day running of the team.” Spanos: “I really see most of my time being spent on the stadium issue in the next year and a half.” Spanos added that Special Counsel MARK FABIANI, who has been leading the team’s stadium efforts, “will remain as an ‘outside consultant’ to the team, as well as Spanos’ personal attorney” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/16). Fabiani, on Steeg: “We have a huge task in front of us. It’s a coup to be able to attract him to the Chargers.” More Steeg: “I always wanted to be involved with a team and I always was jealous of everybody when they opened a new stadium” (AP, 11/16).

REAX: Also in San Diego, Nick Canepa writes under the header, “In a stunner, Bolts hire right guy at right time.” Canepa: “It was a shock to what I thought was a fairly shockproof system. Maybe because it was so inspired, and one doesn’t always expect the inspired out of the Chargers” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/16).

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