::An NFL Team in Casino Central?::
An NFL Team in Casino Central?
|Could we one day see the Las Vegas Chargers in action? That would be the current San Diego Chargers football team's new name if Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has his way come early next year. Apparently, Mayor Goodman contacted the San Diego team this week about the possibility of starting talks to relocate to the casino, gambling and entertainment mecca. "Las Vegas is the fastest-growing city in the U.S.," Goodman said. |
"A new person moves here every six minutes. A new house is finished every 20 minutes. We're thirsting for a major sports team," according to Mayor Goodman. Team officials, however, responded that their lease with San Diego bars them from talking with other cities until January 1, 2007. The Chargers, who have played in San Diego since 1961, want a new stadium.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said he sees the team as a regional asset but the city - which has a pension deficit of at least $1.43 billion - doesn't have the money to help pay for a new facility. If Las Vegas were to get the Chargers, the nation's casino capital would add another attraction to an already packed entertainment mecca for Americans, and indeed international travelers as well.
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