Like football in Los Angeles, the Crummy Little Podcast is back for 2016. Think tank analyst, municipal policy expert, and San Diego Chargers fan Vince Vasquez joins the show to talk about the NFL’s California merry-go-round, which have already put the Rams in LA and looks poised to bring the Chargers north, too.
Vince mixes the pain of a fan probably watching his team leave with the expertise of someone who understands that stadium deals are usually fool’s gold. He also provides great insight into San Diego’s culture and why a football team in Inglewood can’t necessarily count on fans from the former German settlement.
- Peter King has a great account of how the owners decided to prioritize the Rams’ move back to Los Angeles, and the compromise that left the door open for the Chargers.
- You can – and should – follow Vince on Twitter.
- We didn’t talk about it, but Vince wrote about the San Diego sports scene post-Chargers. His columns for the Coast News Group are consistently interesting.
- As we mention, the L.A. Chargers are not a done deal yet. They still have to work out an agreement with the Rams.
- San Diegans aren’t the only ones who don’t like the idea of the Chargers moving. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he doesn’t want other cities’ fans to go through the same pain he had to as an old-school Rams fan from back in the day. Garcetti also noted (as Vince does) that publicly funded stadiums tend to be economic losers for municipalities.