The Chargers are lengthy gone from San Diego, however Dan Jauregui nonetheless retains the religion — that he can discover a purchaser for Boltman.
As soon as the self-described No. 1 Chargers fan, Ramona real-estate agent Jauregui is providing his trendy Boltman mascot costume and license and rights to the identify.
You may be Boltman, or not less than purchase the package deal, for $50,000.
Not like earlier eBay efforts, this time Jauregui has a set price on the swimsuit. No public sale. No reserve value and deadline to bid. He says he’s invested $150,000 within the mascot.
In 2018, the best bid for the rakish character was $71,600. But it surely didn’t attain the unspoken value Jauregui (pronounced Jehr-EGG-ee) set because the minimal he’d settle for. A 2010 public sale additionally failed.
In a July 2018, opinion piece, Jauregui mentioned: “If I had been to have accepted this bid, it will have negatively affected me financially. With 50% of the potential successful bid devoted to Rady Kids’s Hospital San Diego, the online proceeds in any case taxes and charges would have been roughly $20,000. After over twenty years and investing over six figures, it will not have been a smart option to promote at that value.”
This time, he’s not sharing the proceeds with any charity.
“Boltman’s mental property safety together with his trademark and copyright on the character are invaluable for anybody trying to make a profitable enterprise on it by advertising and merchandising in Los Angeles and hold the Boltman legacy alive,” Jauregui mentioned in a telephone interview.
The Chargers used Jauregui-as-Boltman on the sector for 2 seasons within the 1996-1997, however didn’t pay him. He sued the Chargers in San Diego Superior Courtroom, saying he anticipated a yearly “wage similar to that paid to different NFL crew mascots within the vary of $30,000 to $50,000 and acquiring company sponsorships for Boltman.
As recounted in my 2015 Voice of San Diego story, Jauregui had a doc signed by Invoice Johnston, the longtime Chargers director of public relations, providing Jauregui $300 a sport and $300 for every non-public look as Boltman.
When Jauregui rejected what he deemed a puny quantity, Johnston raised the bid to a flat $20,000 to purchase Boltman outright, Jauregui mentioned. The swimsuit was settled in November 1999, with the Chargers paying. Jauregui about $35,000.
The Los Angeles Chargers gained their season opener Sunday with a 24-19 victory over the host Las Vegas Raiders. Boltman wasn’t there — besides within the hearts of Bolts followers, Jauregui believes.
“I’m on the lookout for somebody to proceed the Legacy in L.A. — a fan or perhaps a enterprise would purchase it and put it to use,” Jauregui says. “That’d be nice. … There’s a whole lot of potential there for a enterprise in L.A., to perhaps, , put it on show at their bar.”
Jauregui says he despatched e-mail to the Chargers asking if the crew had been all for shopping for Boltman. He bought no reply. Neither did Instances of San Diego in e-mail to Chargers media staffers.
The previous season ticket-holder says he attended just one Chargers sport final season — towards the Raiders — however doesn’t plan to drive to SoFi Stadium in any respect this 12 months.
“I’ve no animosity in direction of [team owner] Dean Spanos or something,” Jauregui says. “I’d like to see [Boltman] on the sector.”
As of a 12 months in the past, 5 NFL groups had no on-field mascot. In addition to the Chargers, they had been the New York Jets, New York Giants, Inexperienced Bay Packers and Washington Soccer Group.
In 2018, based on USA At present, eBay bidding for Boltman began at $5,000 however “rocketed as much as $50,900 after 62 bids.”
“It’s a steep value, for positive,” wrote Lindsay Hood, “however how usually do you get an opportunity to decorate up like a rubber lightning bolt sporting solar glasses?”