A source close to the former 49ers owner tells me Eddie D. would be very interested in buying the Niners back from his sister Denise (virtually impossible as long as husband John York is around) or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Malcolm Glazer isn’t selling) or possibly the Jacksonville Jaguars.
DeBartolo, now living in Florida and doing quite well in his real estate ventures, is likely to get approval to return to the NFL, but the prospects of buying a franchise and moving it are “too costly and would take too long,” the source said. The San Diego Chargers, embroiled in a nasty dispute with city leaders over their lease at Qualcomm Stadium, are the odds-on favorite to give L.A. its first NFL team since the Rams and Raiders left in 1995.
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The NFL’s first billion dollar player, quarterback Ricky “Rocket Arm” Jones of the 49ers, is reportedly planning to make a hostile takeover bid to purchase the team that made him the top overall pick in the draft.
Niners owner Jed York blames greedy sports agents for spiraling rookie salaries and says he regrets giving Jones a $500 million signing bonus.
Jones is represented by the powerful new Nike-IMG partnership group, which plans to rename Hunters Point Stadium as Swoosh Field at Just Do it Park. Commissioner Steve Young insists the league cannot continue to give unproven college players such exorbitant contracts.
Young says if agents do not voluntarily reduce their salary demands for their clients, the league will implement a pay as you play system: Quarterback completes a pass: $2,000. Receiver or running back gets a first down: $1,000. Linemen make a good block or tackle: $500. The NFL without agents: Priceless.
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Hopefully, Golden State will grab Stanford shot-blocking sensation Robin Lopez with the 14th pick in the June 26 draft. Robin’s twin brother, Brook, is likely to go to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who own the third pick.
Rich Walcoff is the sports director at KGO Radio (810 AM) and can be heard weekdays between 5-9 a.m. on the “KGO Morning News.” He can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.