The Chargers leaving the city of San Diego is going to have lasting effects on many of its citizens.
Of course, the fan base lost the team they supported for 56 years, but there were many families that were directly effected, as they were employed by the Chargers in some capacity. Some of those employees have been with the team for decades. The move is not an easy thing to stomach, but the whole concept fueled one individual to search for more in life.
It all started about one year ago at the NFL owner’s meetings in Houston. Jordan Beane was made aware that day of the NFL owner’s vote to allow the Chargers to leave San Diego. The moment the vote was announced had a ringing effect on Jordan, and regardless of what the Chargers did in January of 2017, that was going to be his last year with the team. He decided then that he would resign at the end of the 2016 season to pursue his next adventure.
Having gone to school in the Washington D.C. area (American University) made Jordan well aware of politics. At an early age he had some ambitions for it, but focused on his love of sports initially. That love guided him to San Diego, and a job with the Chargers, after working for the Washington Redskins. Like many individuals, he fell in love with the city of San Diego. He loves the city, and has adopted it as his home town. As a citizen, he witnessed some of the problems of the city first hand.
Those issues and injustices are what prompted him to follow his heart into the political world. His love for sports is still there, but his passion for humanity is more important. You have to admire that about the man, and after reading an article about him at thebiglead.com, I reached out to Jordan and asked if we could talk for a bit. He graciously said yes, and we had a wonderful chat about the Chargers, his future, and the future of the city we both love so much.
Jordan was the teams’ Senior Producer, in charge of video content for Chargers.com. He also hosted Behind the Bolt with Nick Hardwick, and was the power behind much of the production of the show. He also produced and hosted the Chargers Insider show on Fox Sports San Diego. The man was a face of the organization at many different levels. He could have easily chose to take his position to L.A. and transition that into a huge television deal somewhere. That large market is an excellent springboard, but again, he is choosing to follow his passion.
“I love sports, but it wasn’t fulfilling me on a daily basis. I didn’t feel I was doing enough, to see the kind of progress I was hoping for on the issues I truly cared about.”
That was one of the first thing he told me as we spoke about his background and where he was in life. He has very high political ambitions, and from speaking with him, I got a great sense that he cares about people. He cares about humanity and all of our future. We need more men like him in political positions. Yes, he was great in the sports community and will be missed, but his calling is truly in the nature of progress.
Sticking to politics of sort, I asked Jordan about his thoughts on Measure C and the Chargers attempt to get a stadium deal done. Obviously, he knew of the issues within the city and had a front row seat to the Chargers’ campaign. I was eager to know if he was conflicted in any sense, being that he was aware of the uphill climb the team had to get something done in the downtown area. “I felt Measure C was an honest attempt by the team to try to stay in San Diego. I’m sure some people would disagree with me, but being in the building, feeling the energy, going to those events that we went to. I truly believed they did everything that they could.” The team tried, but in the end too much uncertainty clouded the judgement of many.
I moved on to the topic of the NFL possibly returning to San Diego. Jordan urged me not to look past the late March vote on the Raiders possible relocation. “One step at a time” is what he told me about the NFL returning to America’s Finest City. It isn’t out of the question entirely, but there would have to be some major investers brought in to the area ready to spend. The NFL would also have to assist at some level. Getting a publicly funded stadium in the state of California is nearly impossible right now. In time, there could be a resolution, but it will be a long and difficult road. Jordan is just starting his political career and his focus right now is within his community. He naturally hasn’t given much thought about a future stadium for the city. Perhaps in time, he could be a major voice in making that happen for San Diego.
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