Grubman Denies Report Of Possibly Moving NFL Team To San Diego
Former NFL Exec VP/Business Ventures Eric Grubman called a report from Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman that he is attempting to move a team to San Diego "absolutely not true." Appearing on San Diego-based XEPRS-AM on Friday, Grubman said, "There is 0.0 truth to that rumor. I don't know where Mike got it from." He said of bringing the NFL back to the city, "I haven't given it any thought. Not one iota." Grubman said of the Chargers' move to L.A., "I don't speak for the NFL, but I'm highly confident that the Chargers would say to you, 'We didn't believe it would necessarily be a bed of roses. We did the best we can on a temporary stadium. The real picture you want to look at is not one year out, or two years out, but ten years out.'" He said L.A. is a "big, vibrant market," which is why the Chargers moved there. It "wasn't because San Diego was a bad market, it was because they couldn't get a stadium done" ("The Scott & BR Show," XEPRS-AM, 9/28). PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio noted Freeman "didn’t back off despite the denial" from Grubman. Freeman wrote on Twitter, “I feel very confident that what I was told was accurate." He added that Grubman has "told people he’s involved in trying to take a team to San Diego." Freeman: “San Diego is NOT off the market for an NFL team” (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 9/28). Bleacher Report's Freeman on Friday afternoon originally tweeted, "One thing I'm hearing: Eric Grubman, with Goldman Sachs before joining the NFL as an exec, is exploring possibility of moving a CURRENT team to San Diego. Nothing imminent. The fact Grubman has even contemplated this has angered some in the NFL." The L.A. Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore shortly after that tweeted, "Just spoke with former #NFL executive Eric Grubman about report he’s trying to move a current #NFL team to San Diego. His quote: 'completely and utterly bogus information. Zero merit. Zero. Zero.'" Freeman followed up: "1. Wasn't really a 'report.' 2. Grubman has told people this. 3. I'm more than comfortable with what I tweeted" (TWITTER.com, 9/28).