By Jaboner Jackson 11 pm | Earlier today, Mark Fabiani, who is the Special Counsel to the President of the San Diego Chargers, refuted our Final Stack Rankings of Teams Headed To Farmers Field. On Monday, we stated that AEG was going to buy close to 100% of the Chargers. Although we continue to believe that our analysis is sound and stand by our post, Mr. Fabiani assured me via email today that the Spanos family will never sell a majority or controlling interest in the Chargers. Specifically, Mr. Fabiani said:
“Dear Mr. Jackson, I just read your blog post. The Spanos family is never going to sell a majority interest or controlling interest in the team – to anyone.”
Our Final Stack Rankings also made its way into the San Diego Union Tribune via Matthew T. Hall today. We think Mr. Hall is amongst the best in the business and we’ve noted as much on this site. We find it interesting that Mr. Fabiani responded so quickly to Mr. Hall, although we will leave the speculation to our Wonderful Readers.
A Los Angeles-based website that often weighs in on the possibility of the National Football League's return to L.A. generated some traffic — and a quick denial from the team — after saying the Spanos family would sell the Chargers at the end of this season and the Bolts would relocate to L.A. under new ownership.
"Never gonna happen," Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani wrote in an email Tuesday afternoon.
Fabiani's response came less than one minute after I emailed him, asking: "Can I get a reaction from you? Can you rule out the possibility? Or say if this something Dean Spanos and his family members might consider, selling the team so another owner could move it to L.A.?"
Dennis Romero of the LA Weekly, who has done a wonderful job breaking down the tribulations of the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission, picked up the story as well.
The Mission Valley News was more skeptical with their take on our story but we always welcome discussion. It doesn’t change our Stack Rankings.
One day after we reported that USC was primed to take over operational control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, ESPN reported the same. ESPN is late to the party but at least they recognized the wisdom of the FOOTBALLPHDS.
Bottom line for our Wonderful Readers: We believe that we nailed our Stack Rankings. Our research and analysis lead us to the same conclusion today as it did on Monday—the Chargers will be the anchor tenant for Farmers Field. Welcome to Los Angeles, Antonio Gates. Come 2012, our AFC West Research Assistant, Jessica C., will be very happy.
Tomorrow, I take a look at the Environmental Impact Review (EIR) for Farmers Field. Since we believe that AEG has landed the Chargers as their anchor tenant, the EIR remains the only obstacle to breaking ground on Farmers Field by summer 2012.