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The Padres shilled for the Chargers mid-telecast

How much were they paid to bolt up?

NFL: San Diego Chargers Stadium Initiative Rally Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When I tune in to Fox Sports San Diego for a Padres game, I expect to be bombarded with advertising. There’s the obvious commercial breaks between innings and during pitching changes, and I’ve got no problem with the plethora of signs plastered virtually and physically over the ballpark. Even a short plug from a broadcaster is pretty standard. But I was surprised when Mark Grant and Don Orsillo had a special guest in the booth during the top of the third inning tonight: Chargers spokesman Fred Maas.

It’s not unusual for a representative of a local business to join the broadcast team to plug their product. It’s not even odd for the Chargers to be that business. What is strange is that Maas was there specifically as a political operative, promoting Measure C ahead of November’s election. Mud and Don spent a full half inning participating in this infomercial, without an ounce of skepticism or even mentioning that Measure C asks for over a billion dollars in public funds.

I’d love to know what the Chargers paid the Padres and Fox Sports San Diego for this ad. Hopefully Dean Spanos was a little more generous with his colleagues than he is with San Diego sports fans.

Update [11:36 PM 9/27/16]:

Bernie Wilson got this from FSSD head honcho Henry Ford:

The Padres front office was apparently not notified in advance that Maas would be appearing on the telecast.