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The Self-Dealing That Killed Grantland



Today in the great circle jerk of life:

The San Diego Chargers’ and Oakland Raiders’ plan to become the teams that move to Los Angeles are set to receive a big boost, with reports Wednesday morning they’ve brought Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger in to oversee their bid to build a stadium.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora and Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan are reporting the agreement, with the teams expected to announce the move soon.

Citing sources, La Canfora writes that Iger will become chairman of the teams’ bid to build a stadium in Carson, Calif., and the move could propel the Chargers and Raiders to begin play in the Los Angeles market as soon as the 2016 season.

Well, I think we now know why even the most banal criticism of Roger Goodell could be a suspendable and ultimately firable offense, and why a former actual journalist employed by ESPN had to make transparently ridiculous arguments to try to defend the suspension. Well, I mean, we knew why but this is a particularly good illustration of how massive financial interests use their ivory backscratchers on each other.

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