Critics continue to oppose San Francisco 49ers
move to Santa Clara
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
November 11, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The fallout over a late Wednesday
announcement that San Francisco 49ers co-owner John York plans
to move the team's stadium to Santa Clara continues to mount with
lawmakers and ex-players pulling out the yellow flags.
Yesterday, recently re-elected state Assemblyman Mark Leno pledged
to push legislation that would prohibit a professional sports
franchise from using a city's name unless the team plays within
the city or county limits.
Also, former 49ers defensive back Ronnie Lott shared his thoughts
on the abrupt announcement, saying a move would seriously hamper
the city's 2016 Olympics bid.
Lott, who is part of the 2016 Olympics bid committee, said there
were several businesses and individuals, including former 49ers
quarterback Joe Montana, ready to get involved with committee
before this announcement.
"All these people signed up thinking they were going in
one direction and now, as we all heard yesterday, they are going
in a different direction," Lott said in a statement.
San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly also got involved in the
fray with comments yesterday at City Hall.
"The York family should be ashamed of themselves,"
said Daly, who said city leaders should do everything in their
power to keep the team at Candlestick Point.
Leno's bill may not be able to keep the team in the city, but
he said today that legislation could protect the city's long-time
reputation for quality.
"The name San Francisco has cachet all over the world as
a number one destination spot," Leno said. "I don't
think San Francisco's name should automatically be able to be
used by a franchise that is not located in the city."
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