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Bloomington native, David Agranoff, didn’t grow up a football fan in Indiana. He has carried many signs in protests – from labor, environmental to animal rights causes. This Sunday he wants to reach one Indiana resident – Colts owner Jim Irsay. Agranoff will be at Lucas Oil stadium to watch the Colts – Texans game on December 20. He’ll also be there to ask Irsay to vote NO on the Chargers-Raiders relocation and proposed stadium in Carson, south of Los Angeles.
“In 2002, I moved from Bloomington to San Diego, and it was the first NFL town I ever lived in. This was just as Ladanian Tomlinson was becoming a star. He got me hooked on the NFL, and I became a die-hard San Diego Chargers fan,” said David Agranoff.
Agranoff is not just any San Diego Chargers fan. He put his activism experience to work and co-founded “Save Our Bolts”, a grassroots fan group that has become a major player in the fight to keep the Chargers in their home market — where they have been for fifty years, pre-dating the merger of the AFL and NFL. With over 16,000 Facebook followers on the Save Our Bolts page, the slogan has become the rally cry of Chargers fans, who continue to fight despite the team’s poor performance on the field. Agranoff has had several meetings with the mayor and city council members and has become a regular on sports talk radio and TV in San Diego. He even once represented the fans in an interview aired on ESPN’s Monday Night Football Countdown show.
“When my father told me he was taking me to the Colts-Texans game, I was excited to watch the game and knew I couldn’t miss a chance to send a message to Jim Irsay. I’ll be there holding a sign for most of the game. The Race to LA is a game of musical chairs with three teams fighting for two spots. It will come down to a vote of all thirty-two owners, and I want Irsay to know how important the Chargers are to San Diego. It could come down to one vote, maybe his.”
Agranoff will be available for media requests leading up to the game or after. “I hope Irsay will take notice. It is bigger than game day. From charity work to civic pride, a team means so much. If the Chargers and Raiders share a stadium, one team will have to move conferences, destabilizing the AFC. The direct comparison would be like moving the Colts stadium to Gary, Indiana. A three-hour drive to build a stadium between polluting smokestacks and landfills would not be good for the NFL. We are not sure that the owners outside of California are getting an accurate idea of the site. Irsay won’t want to be the Grinch that stole the Chargers from San Diego.”
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