Jewish World Review March 7, 2003 / 3 Adar II, 5763

Evan Weiner

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Playing the $tadium game --- and $coring


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Nearly three years ago, San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos told this reporter that he was unhappy with his stadium situation. Now Spanos and his son, Dean, are pursuing other stadium options.

In March 2000, Alex Spanos created a furor in San Diego by telling the truth. He was unhappy with his facility and wanted San Diego to build him a stadium like the city was doing for John Moores and the San Diego Padres. Spanos did not talk to the local media about his concern and his remarks blindsided both the San Diego city government and the media.

So it came as no surprise that the Spanos family earlier this week decided to opt out of their long term agreement with San Diego and are now playing the stadium game. And this game will feature San Diego and Los Angeles vying for the Spanos family's affection.

But for the Spanos family, this is an awful time to get into the game. Public money may not be available. The state of California has a $10 billion budget gap.

But there is another way of getting a stadium built. Use private money to get it done.

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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.

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