San Francisco 49ers president Jed York today hailed Santa Clara voters' approval of a ballot measure to relocate the team to that city with a new $937 million stadium, while San Francisco's mayor issued a statement warning that funding for the project is destined to fall apart.
"I think this is a very, very big day, not just for the 49ers but for the NFL," York said during a brief conference call with reporters this afternoon. Read More
In football it’s always the future. And on this Tuesday morning of sunshine and possibility, for the 49ers it made sense to look ahead.
To the result of the vote on the planned stadium, to the results of a season which is only three months away, and you’d better believe the schedule. Read More
The 49ers took a major step toward a planned southern migration Tuesday when Santa Clara voters agreed to open their public purse to help build a football stadium for the franchise.The vote was a major blow to San Francisco officials’ efforts to convince the team to continue playing in the city it’s called home for more than 50 years.If it relocates to Santa Clara, the team intends to continue playing as the San Francisco 49ers. Read More
The 49ers are only 11 days away from the critical vote in Santa Clara on their proposed new stadium, and they’re encouraged by the response they’ve gotten from voters.
“What seems to be resonating with voters is the fact there will be no new taxes or a tapping of the general fund,” Lisa Lang, who’s heading up the effort for the 49ers, told me. “We’ve been getting a very favorable response.” Read More
It isn’t just players who have trouble when a team changes quarterbacks. Jimmy Raye, the 49ers’ offensive coordinator, admitted at minicamp this week that it was chaos when Alex Smith replaced Shaun Hill last season. Read More
Now it is the Sharks’ turn to overcome the Curse of the Bay-bino. No, our teams didn’t sell Babe Ruth — just traded Willie Mays and Mark McGwire — but they’ve been undone by a jinx, the Left Coast version.
Fame of late has been achieved less through suspension bridges than suspended belief. They did what? We’re the kings of the “Here We Go Again” syndrome.
That is, for those teams even successful enough to make the postseason. Read More
Officials and fans who are working to convince the 49ers to remain in San Francisco plan to discuss their efforts over drinks at Pete’s Tavern on Wednesday evening.
Everybody is welcome at the 6 p.m. event, at 128 King St., according to organizer Michael Antonini.
“There’s no charge, just come and have a good time and buy some drinks,” he said. “We’ll answer any questions.” Read More
The most significant aspect of the 49ers’ first-round picks last week is that they now will be able to use an offensive system which is best for their offensive stars. Read More
Hurry! Get your draft grade in now! You can’t call yourself “expert” writer-anchor-talk show host-fan unless you’re able to pass judgment on the talent and performance of 200-plus new NFL players from about a hundred colleges in over a dozen conferences that you’ve never seen play ... by the time they leave the podium! Or at the very least, by the time their flights land in their new cities! Read More
Forget the rhetoric of taking “the best player available.” It’s time for the Raiders to draft for need, not speed. And it’s a time for the 49ers to use their two first-round picks to pump up an inconsistent offense and shore up a shaky defensive secondary. Read More