n a debate Wednesday, San Diego mayoral candidates U.S. Rep. Bob Filner and Carl Demaio both vowed that they would not devote public subsidies toward a new Chargers stadium if elected. Filner was even more forceful, saying, “Enough of the extortion from our sports teams, whether they be the Padres or the Chargers.” He later said “no extortion of the public money by the San Diego Chargers when I’m mayor.”
Filner also stated, “I would like to see San Diegans have part ownership of the team.” When asked how this was possible since NFL rules prohibit public ownership, Filner said, “The NFL is not the Ten Commandments; it’s not the Constitution of the United States. NFL rules can change.”
How refreshing to hear a politician speaking truth to power for a change! We’d love to see San Diegans take part-ownership of the Chargers to keep the team in town.
View Filner and Demaio’s comments here.
(Thanks to San Diego Chapter Chair Dukes W. for bringing this to our attention.)