Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman Comments on Chargers' Potential Relocation

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 28:  Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman listens during a Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee meeting at UNLV with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (not pictured) on April 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Davis told the committee he is willing to spend USD 500 million as part of a deal to move the team to Las Vegas if a proposed USD 1.3 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium is built by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. and real estate agency Majestic Realty, possibly on a vacant 42-acre lot a few blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip recently purchased by UNLV.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Just when San Diego Chargers fans thought the situation was over, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman reopened the idea of the team relocating to another city.

In an interview on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday (via CBS SportsJohn Breech), Goodman admitted the Chargers could be an option for Las Vegas as it looks to add an NFL team:

"I know they're absolutely looking to move," she said. "My husband and I have had season tickets to the Chargers for the past 30-plus years, and I would love [for them to move here]. [Chargers owner] Alex Spanos already has a relationship with the city; he was a developer for us in the '70s and '80s."

In January, Chargers chairman Dean Spanos released a statement saying the team will remain in San Diego for at least the 2016 season and that he hopes to get a new stadium that will allow the club to stay for the long term.

ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams explained the financial details of the Chargers' stadium plans, which include an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center:

The Chargers propose San Diego raises its transient occupancy tax, which is paid for by visitors staying at hotels, from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent.

The revenue collected by the city would go to pay the debt service on $1.15 billion in bonds issued to help pay for land acquisition and construction of an expanded convention center for the new stadium project, projected to cost $800 million, along with a third of the cost for a new $1 billion stadium, projected at $350 million.

ESPN.com's Arash Markazi shared an artist's rendering of the downtown venue:

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Here are artist renderings of the proposed Chargers Stadium and downtown San Diego Convention Center expansion. https://t.co/2ZceDZRmdB

To receive the funding, the Chargers need to get the plan on the November ballot, per Williams. The team can accomplish that by getting 66,447 signatures from San Diego residents by mid-June.

Even if all of that fails, though, Las Vegas would still be a long shot for the Chargers. The league owners have yet to approve any team moving to Vegas, and in the event it happens, the Oakland Raiders are the likeliest candidate.

Raiders owner Mark Davis committed the team to Oakland for the 2016 season, but anything beyond that remains unknown, per Rachel Swan of the San Francisco Chronicle. Swan reported Davis met with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to discuss a $1 billion stadium in Vegas.

It's too early for Chargers fans to begin panicking about the team's future in San Diego. Should its ballot measure fail, though, the Spanos family will have to go back to the drawing board, which could open the possibility of a move again.


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