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Sun Dec 22, 2019, 02:25 PM

If the Chargers Score and No One's There to Cheer, Does the Owner Care?

CARSON, Calif. — It is the second quarter of the Los Angeles Chargers’ home game with the Minnesota Vikings and the fans are a cheering, chanting, delirious mass. One of their defenders has just scooped up a fumble and rumbled into the end zone for a touchdown.

The defender runs to the stands and jumps to embrace a clot of joyous, purple-clad fans. They pound his helmet, lean back and loosen thunderous yells: “Skol! Skol! Skol!”

Wait. Purple clad? Skol?

Minneapolis with palm trees gently blowing? No. But fans of the Vikings, Sunday’s visiting team, outnumber those of the Chargers by at least eight to one. This is not uncommon. And it serves yet another reminder that the supposed home field of the Chargers has become the N.F.L.’s friendliest locale for guests. When the Green Bay Packers rumbled in a month back, green jerseys and cheeseheads packed the joint. When the Kansas City Chiefs came calling, the Chargers’ stadium — a soccer arena the size of a big living room — became a red-clad world.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/19/sports/football/if-the-chargers-score-and-no-ones-there-to-cheer-does-the-owner-care.html

I for one am glad to see an NFL owner suffer the consequences of his poor decision. I'm not an avid sports fan, but abandoning his team's dedicated fan base for greener pastures was a dick move.

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Reply If the Chargers Score and No One's There to Cheer, Does the Owner Care? (Original post)
Zorro Dec 2019 OP
maveric Dec 2019 #1
dogknob Dec 2019 #5
RainCaster Dec 2019 #2
sdfernando Dec 2019 #3
rufus dog Dec 2019 #4
Zorro Dec 2019 #6
jaysunb Dec 2019 #7
maveric Dec 2019 #8
FakeNoose Dec 2019 #9

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2019, 02:38 PM

1. Spanos' are the worst owners in the NFL.

Spending the past 40 years here, I’ve seen such a total disrespect for fans and veteran stars.
Staunch Republicans.

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Response to maveric (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 22, 2019, 02:55 PM

5. Their business model has always been "Springtime for Hitler"

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2019, 02:42 PM

2. That could be said of all the NFL owners

It is a business, nothing more.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2019, 02:47 PM

3. The antics used to coerce San Diego for a new stadium

Were it for me. Was never a big fan anyway. But honestly the Chargers have sucked majority for decades. Don't come with your hand out and say the team will be a winning team if we get a new stadium. Field a winning team that deserves a new stadium. When they were threatening to move I was saying "let me know when you are loading the truck, I'll come help"

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2019, 02:50 PM

4. If the NFL was smart.....

 

They would work a deal with the Chargers to move back to SD. Building a stadium at their own damn costs of course.

Then they use a similar concept of games being played in London/Mexico City. Play about a half dozen a year. So you rotate teams like Detroit, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, etc. Teams with more population of ex residents in SoCal, cold weather cities.

Result:

1. Warm weather game for fans
2. SoCal fan base of your team has opportunity to attend 'Home' game almost every year.
3. NFL could actually work a deal with San Diego to get some cost concessions if they actually worked together with the city.
4. NFL could have a stadium that could be used every for or five years for the Super Bowl.

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Response to rufus dog (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 22, 2019, 03:10 PM

6. The NFL told San Diego they wouldn't get another Super Bowl after 2003

unless the city built the Chargers a new stadium.

Every year since it was always a drama with the Chargers threatening to move after their contract obligations were up; the city didn't want them to move, and actually guaranteed a certain attendance level and had to pay for any empty seats to make up for the lack of attendance.

But building a new stadium with taxpayer money and giving the bulk of the revenues to the Chargers was a stadium too far.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2019, 04:52 PM

7. I just wish they'd go back to San Diego. n/t

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2019, 07:20 PM

8. It's a sea of black and silver at the Charger's home field.

Crowd noise is in favor of the Raiders.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2019, 07:41 PM

9. What's sad is that it can happen anywhere

Poor Cleveland lost their Browns to Baltimore. The team became the Ravens in Baltimore, and that was why Cleveland was able to attract another team to become the "new" Browns, but it has never been the same.

Every smaller city (other than Green Bay, Wisconsin) faces the same dilemma. Once the ticket money and the TV ad money stop growing, the owner is (or could be) looking for ways to sell and move the team. The Green Bay Packers team is different because the team owners ARE the citizens of Green Bay. Maybe this is the solution for ALL smaller cities - find a way to purchase your NFL team and distribute small shares of ownership among the citizens and fans. This ensures the team will never leave the area, as long as the NFL is relevant.

If Cleveland had done that they never would have lost their original Browns team. Probably true for San Diego too. The NFL has to find a way to make this happen for their smaller cities' teams. Otherwise the whole thing falls apart.

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