Dec 7, 2013
Breathe easy, diehard Chargers fans - Sunday's game against the New York Giants won't be blacked out after all.
But that doesn't change the fact that San Diego's is the only NFL team this year to face such consequences for not selling enough tickets, or the fact that this is by no means a rarity in the team's recent history.
In this week's show, Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts talked about the very viable alternatives the Chargers teamowners could be taking advantage of to avoid blackouts, and thus not waste taxpayer dollars. They also recapped some indisputable facts to keep in mind while the controversy over a new stadium lurches forward.
The Spanoses might have little regard for your hard-earned cash, but our special guest on the podcast this week has made a career out of fiscal efficiencies. Formerly of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Lani Lutar is now executive director of the Equinox Center, a nonprofit that merges environmental and economic interests in its research.
Lutar and Co. are pushing an effort to ban, or at least reduce, plastic bag use around San Diego. Keatts and Lewis grilled her on the exact benefits of this proposed shift in consumer habits, and how she responds to complaints such a move would herd us into a "nanny state."