Trigger Clause Exercised

The San Diego Chargers have exercised the renegotiation trigger clause in their contract. In triggering the team has agreed to not talk with other cities and request the 90-day negotiating window with San Diego be extended.

In a press release released today by Mark Fabiani, special counsel to the Chargers, the team reinforces that it will not talk to any other team as it looks to stay in San Diego with the hopes a of a new stadium and future Super Bowls:

"While the Chargers have the right under the lease to have discussions with other cities, we have no intention of talking to any other city as we begin a negotiation process with the City of San Diego."

In response Mayor Dick Murphy stated, "I am personally outraged by the Chargers triggering today. The Chargers' action is a slap in the face of the Chargers task force, who put in hundreds of hours, the San Diego City Council and the people of San Diego."

The Chargers are also looking at ways they can fully fund a new stadium and redevelop the 166 acres of land surrounding the stadium.

Much like labor talks in the four major sports, it sometimes takes this sort of action to begin negotiations. The Chargers claim to they want to secure the long term viability of the team in San Diego and this is a way to get the ball rolling and get talks with the City opened.

"By not talking to other cities as we begin negotiations with San Diego, and by exploring ways to have the team pay for 100% of the new stadium cost, the Chargers have demonstrated again the team's strong commitment to making a deal in San Diego that will keep the team and the Super Bowl an important part of our community life for many years to come."

"My guess is they either don't care or they have the most inept public relations operation in San Diego," Murphy retorted. "What they've done is probably the most counterproductive that they could do. It makes no sense to me."

Task force member Geoff Patnoe noted the trigger period was moved so the task force could complete its work without distraction.

"The task force is done with their work, and though it might have been politically easier for the team to wait until after the council heard the task force report, the team does have rights under the current contract, as does the city," he said. "And this simply means the two sides should sit down and begin a new relationship."

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