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GameDay: Why San Francisco Blew It On the Stadium Deal

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San Francisco (CBS 5) – Ok..I get your message, ok??? After numerous emails regarding our in-booth interview with Jed York during Friday’s game in New Orleans, let me state our case. The 49ers want a stadium in Santa Clara. We have a partnership with the 49ers and they use the broadcasts as a platform to promote their agenda. In this case, a new stadium.

But why not? San Francisco? You had your chance. Sorry, Frank, sorry Willie, sorry Gavin, you blew it. One of the greatest franchises in NFL history and YOU couldn’t figure out how to get it done. What did you want Jed do to, move to LA? You know what San Francisco’s problem was? You think you’re this great big gem of a city and that ANYONE will come to you. Right. Of course, the Clash of the Egos didn’t help. Newsom and Dr. York couldn’t stand each other. I witnessed that first hand. Their egos got in the way of common sense, unfortunately for the rest of us.

I’ve been to several NFL cities for pre-season games, regular season games, and Super Bowls. This I can tell you. The best venues are those closest to downtown. (New Orleans and Indy come to mind) But it wont’ happen here and don’t blame Jed. It was time to find a city that COULD. And, sadly, that city is not San Francisco. I have to go now. I have a meeting at niner headquarters in Santa Clara and it takes me an hour to get there..WITHOUT game traffic! Thanks Gavin!

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