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Roski Names 49ers, Raiders Among Seven
Teams That Could Move Into Industry Stadium
NOT FIT TO BE TOGETHER: In S.F., Ray Ratto wrote the NFL's "powers that be ... still think the 49ers and Raiders should share a new stadium," which is the "perfect solution if you know nothing about the two teams, the Bay Area or the fan bases." There are "reasons why the shared stadium is a good idea, but all of them are money-related," and the reasons "why it won't happen are more powerful." Neither team "wants to be perceived as the tenant of the other, and the location of the stadium would do exactly that." Also, neither team "wants to have the stadium farther from its fan base, which is why Santa Clara works to the 49ers' benefit but not to the Raiders," and "anywhere in the East Bay works to the Raiders' benefit but not the 49ers." Ratto noted Raiders' ownership situation also will be "in flux sooner rather than later," and new Raiders investors "may want to look toward Los Angeles at some future date." The Raiders "in their private moments" also "want the 49ers to lose the election, get angry at being scorned and look at Los Angeles, and the 49ers want the Raiders to leave for L.A. now" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/13).
EXPLAINING NEED FOR PUBLIC MONEY: Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani wrote a letter to the editor in the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE in response to his comments Thursday that a downtown San Diego stadium would require public funding. Fabiani wrote it is "important for people to understand that a stadium downtown would require a funding plan very different from the plan they've been hearing about for the past several years." The downtown San Diego site currently being considered is "just over 10 acres -- making it the smallest stadium site" in the NFL -- and as a result, the site will "accommodate, at most, the stadium, without any opportunity for the related development to help pay for the stadium." For that reason, the "successful development of a stadium at the downtown site will require sources of funding other than what might come from a related development, in addition to a $250-300[M] investment by the Chargers and the NFL." But Fabiani wrote it "would be a mistake for anyone to cast this as a debate between taxpayer money vs. no taxpayer money," as taxpayer money is "going to be spent no matter what." Those who "say they are in favor of the status quo -- those who say that the Chargers should simply stay in Qualcomm Stadium and play out their lease through the year 2020 -- are in fact advocating the spending of more than $300[M] in taxpayer money between now and then just to keep the aging stadium operating" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/12).
Jones' Offer To Host Mayweather-Pacquiao
Bout Exceeds Staples Center Offer By $5M
AND THE WINNER IS ... Arum said that he "expects to settle on a site" for the bout by next week. While noting that Las Vegas is "the front-runner, Arum claims it still might be Dallas -- and it definitely won't be L.A." Arum: "I'm saying that Dallas is a real live possibility." When asked about truth of the rumored $25M offer, Jones said, "I'm not commenting on it, but it sure could be" (AP, 12/13). ESPN.com's Dan Rafael noted "unless some other place pops up, this is a two-town race: Vegas or Dallas, neither of which levy state income taxes" (ESPN.com, 12/12). In San Antonio, John Whisler wrote Mayweather-Pacquiao is a "fight fans' fight," so it "belongs to the masses, not the privileged few." Put it at the MGM Grand in Vegas, a venue that "barely seats 16,000, and the only people who will be able to afford tickets -- and can get them -- are the casino high-rollers, corporate muckety-mucks and Hollywood celebrity snobs." But put it in Cowboys Stadium, "which can hold up to 100,000 spectators, and suddenly John Q. Public has a chance to see the fight in person." Whisler: "Boxing hasn't been mainstream in ages, yet here is a chance to take it there, at least for a few weeks" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 12/13).
Writers, Fans Unimpressed By Cowboys'
3D Videoboard Broadcast Yesterday
FLAWLESS: In California, Scott Bair noted Chargers President Dean Spanos Saturday toured Cowboys Stadium, "inspecting a dream stadium he wants." Bair wrote of Cowboys Stadium, "This stadium is truly one-of-a-kind, a landmark that could've only been built in Texas. ... If this Death Star has a weakness, I haven't found it" (NCTIMES.com, 12/13).
A Permanent Site For Future Breeders' Cup
World Championships Could Be In Place By '11