San Diego Chargers get $1.9 million in stadium settlement


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San Diego Chargers get $1.9 million in stadium settlement
Tuesday, March 21, 2006

(03-21) 12:16 PST SAN DIEGO, (AP) --

The San Diego Chargers have agreed to accept a $1.9 million settlement from the city for money the team lost over the past three years after Qualcomm Stadium was reconfigured to meet federal rules for accommodating disabled fans.

To help out the cash-strapped city, a Chargers spokesman, Mark Fabiani, said that the team won't seek payment until 2007. An arbitrator determined the amount of the cash award.

San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre, who often has been at odds with the NFL franchise, had kind words for what he considers an act of good will.

"It's a gracious gesture on the part of the Chargers," Aguirre said. "I hope we can follow this up with a more positive relationship."

State arbitrator Gerald J. Lewis issued a tentative ruling in December that the city owed the Chargers more than $1.5 million in damages for money the team lost in ticket, concession and merchandising revenue for modifications made to the stadium to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lewis adjusted his final ruling to $1.9 million.

During the arbitration hearing, the team had sought $2.5 million, but court papers filed late Friday in San Diego Superior Court show the team accepting the lower award.

Mayor Jerry Sanders plans to present a fiscal 2007 budget next month, and job and service cuts are expected.

The city also learned Friday that its pension system has a $1.43 billion deficit that will require at least a $162 million infusion of cash for the budget year that begins July 1.
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