Speaking of things that miraculously keep burning way longer than you ever thought possible, here’s the latest from the debates over whether and which NFL teams will move to Los Angeles:
- The chair of the St. Louis board of aldermen’s ways and means committee says he’ll set a committee vote for this Thursday morning on the Rams stadium funding package. The financing plan has been tweaked again — now instead of using naming-rights money to fund the public’s share and kicking back sales taxes to the team, the state would let the Rams have the naming-rights cash and use the sales taxes to pay the public’s costs — but since it’s the same amounts of money being spent on the same things, the exact bookkeeping really shouldn’t matter. (Though I suppose now the public would be stuck with the risk that sales tax revenues fall short, instead of the risk that naming rights fees fall short, if you think one of those is inherently riskier.)
- Oakland councilperson Rebecca Kaplan is griping that Mayor Libby Schaaf (who beat out Kaplan in the mayor’s race last year) hasn’t presented a concrete Raiders stadium plan, but she seems to be the only one concerned, according to the San Francisco Chronicle: Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley says he’d rather build a new stadium for the A’s and convert the Oakland Coliseum to football-only, while economists Victor Matheson and Geoffrey Propheter both say Schaaf is doing the right thing by not giving in to extortion. No word in the Chronicle on Schaaf’s possible consideration of using tax-increment financing for a Raiders stadium, which hopefully means it’s back off the table.
- I suppose I should have something from San Diego on the Chargers as well, but all I’ve got is evidence that Kevin Acee doesn’t know the difference between “flaunting” and “flouting” (and neither do the San Diego Union-Tribune copy editors, if they still have any).
December 28 is the alleged NFL deadline by which cities have to submit their stadium plans or else risk losing teams to L.A. I have no idea what happens if some city comes up with new plans on, say, December 29 — do the NFL owners put their hands over their collective ears and shout, “Not listening! Not listening!”? — but at least it should make for some excitement during an otherwise slow news week.