The San Diego Chargers have announced that they are moving north to L.A. and will play at StubHub Center, home of the L.A. Galaxy Major League Soccer team, during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Starting in 2019, the team plans to move to the currently under-construction City of Champions Stadium in Inglewood, which they will share with the Los Angeles Rams in an arrangement similar to the one used at MetLife Stadium by the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere reflect on the move and explain why taxpayers should never be footing the bill for stadiums to be used by billionaire team owners.
"No taxpayer should ever pay one cent for a football stadium," Stu opines.
Pat reflects on his time living in Houston and thinks there might be way to get local business owners to fund new sports complexes: "I would think if you can put together a sports authority to bring stadiums to life and build new, beautiful buildings where your sports teams can live, you would be able to bring in some private businesses. Or you would get the owners together and you would say, 'Hey, if you want these new buildings, you better pony up the money because we're not going to go (to the taxpayers)."
Stu points out that no owner will risk the backlash from his peers by self-funding a stadium construction project, as it would create a public relations nightmare for the next owner to push for taxpayer funding.