The day of January 15, 2017 is almost here. That day is the date in which the Chargers need to either use the option to move the team to Los Angeles or to stay in San Diego, attempting to work out a mutually beneficial stadium agreement for the Chargers organization and the city of San Diego. Of course, there is also the option that they could ask to extend the option to Los Angeles, adding the much-needed time to keep the Bolts in America’s finest city. The move to Los Angeles would be a costly one, but it also would be a very, very, stupid decision on the part of Chargers management.
This season it was reported that most of the ticket sales for the Chargers-Raiders game in San Diego were from L.A. county, so much so that the Chargers had to practice the silent count in order to deal with the crowd. However, when the game was played, it was not a bunch of Chargers fans, it was a ton of Raiders fans. That game should have been physical proof that the Chargers will not be welcome in Los Angeles.
“So they will re-brand and become more profitable.”
This is a false statement because Los Angeles already has two established fan bases: the Rams and the Raiders. Trying to build a completely new franchise would be next to impossible. Then the money that would be involved in such a re-brand.
First they would have to pay for a firm to conduct the survey about naming the team, then they would have to take the name to digital designers, after that they would have to create the merchandise. Keep in mind, that is not the merchandise that is sold to the general public. Think about the amount of logos you see of a team in any given stadium in any sport. The concourses have logos, the cups, the golf carts, the uniforms, the field of play, the jumbotrons and so on and so forth.
First, imagine the cost of all of that, then add the $500 million dollar relocation fee to the NFL. So, right now it is safe to say moving to Los Angeles will be a costly decision, I mean, it’s only a couple of billion dollars. All spent on the chance they might make a profit due to the larger audience. Personally, that seems like too much money to me to be spent on a “possibility”. If they were to re-brand, as an original team in Los Angeles, history shows that all the teams who have already done that, have eventually moved away from Los Angeles.
With the history of the Spanos family that we have seen in San Diego, we know two things: they are not big spenders and they do not seem to make sound football decisions, they make business decisions. If someone wanted to move a business, why leave all the loyal customers, spend a couple of billion dollars, just purely on the possibility that you might actually turn a profit. In other words, there is a very small chance the Spanos’ clan will be successful in Los Angeles.
Recently the City and County of San Diego, along with San Diego State University, unveiled a new downtown stadium plan. Read about it in this link ( http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/columnists/kevin-acee/sd-sp-charupdate-0103-story.html).
The headline reads that it would be up to the rest of the league to allow Spanos to move the team. I do not think that the owners are going to give up a ninth home game in San Diego. Not to mention, losing one of America’s largest tourist destinations would hurt the NFL’s bottom line in multiple ways.
After the Rams experiment in Los Angeles, the owners are probably very weary of the fans in Los Angeles. This seasons ratings for the Los Angeles Rams were actually LOWER than the tv ratings while the team was in St Louis. (Source: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/12/st-louis-los-angeles-rams-television-ratings-nfl)
That proves, in my mind, that even though they will be moving to a more populated area, that does guarantee that the team will make money. Even after all the money the Rams spent, they are (so far) not better off in Los Angeles.
In closing, the Chargers will not move to Los Angeles because of the necessary costs of the move and the results of the Los Angeles Rams’ experiment prematurely seeming to be a bad plan.
Not to mention, in the last game, there was a sign that was posted outside of the Q that said,” keeping the tradition in San Diego.” This means either they are staying, or they are keeping the name “Chargers” in San Diego.
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First off I would like to thank BoogaP
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on Bolt Blitz! To introduce to myself, I am David Frerker, the CEO and Founder of
SanDiegoSportsDomination.com, a blog for San Diego Sports. I am an avid San Diego
State Aztec fan and Journalism Media Studies major at San Diego State. My bio is
long starting out with ESPN 1700 in San Diego doing radio updated on San Diego
State, to blogging for major sports websites and being a podcast guest on many
NCAA radio shows. The following article is about San Diego State Tight End
Gavin Escobar. If you would like to know more about Escobar please check out our
draft bio which has been retweeted by NFL Scouts. If you would like to follow us
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Gavin Escobar is
a 6 foot 5 and 265 pound tight end out of San Diego State
University. Escobar could be the best tight end in the history
of SDSU. Escobar has caught the national media eye after his performance during
his sophomore season. Ranked first in receiving yards per game with 79. Ranked
fourth in receptions with 51. Ranked sixth in receiving touchdowns with seven.
Ranked fifth in yards per catch with 53.These numbers however did go down during
his Junior season due to a couple of factors. San Diego State quarterback Ryan
Katz tore his ACL during the Aztecs upset victory in Nevada. This injury caused
the San Diego State back up Adam Dingwell to become the starter. The Aztecs
stopped relying on the passing game and focused on the run. Escobar had 42
catches his junior season for 543 yards and an average of 12.9 yards per
Yards per Catch: 14.6
Yards Per Game: 55.3
Escobar has been
one of the key pieces of the Aztec offensive air and ground attack the past two
seasons. San Diego State quarterbacks liked to use Escobar in third down and
long situations and in the red zone. Escobar is also very good at opening up
wholes on the offensive line when he is required to run block.
NFL Combine Stats
40 Time: 4.84
Vert Jump: 32 inches
Jump: 114 inches
3 Cone Drill: 7.07
60 Yard Shuttle: 11.86
Gavin Escobar had a very slow forty time as
shown above but did have a very impressive 3 cone drill. Escobar caught every
single pass thrown to him at the NFL Combine making up for his slow forty
time. Escobar’s strength is his hands and route running. He is being compared to
Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez by many NFL columnists. Escobar’s major weakness
is speed and he makes up for that with his height and route running ability.NFL
Fans must remember that the NFL Combine is good to asses talent but the players
NFL Pro Day is more important. San Diego State’s Pro Day is on March 19th. Right
now if the Chargers would like to select a big time tight end with major
potential this would be the time to do so. They would have to spend their second
round draft pick on Escobar because plenty of teams are looking at him. The
following NFL teams are looking at drafting Escobar Browns, Buccaneers, Broncos,
Chargers, Dolphins (Top Draft Target), Steelers, and the Jets. Escobar will be
selected in the second round of the NFL draft. He has the talent and will be a
weapon for the team that drafts him.
Many thanks go out to David for the information on homegrown product, Gavin Escobar.
On behalf of BoltBlitz.com, I’d like to say thanks and we all really appreciate your time. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and check out his website.
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