49ers respond to Feinstein football bill
Screenshot courtesy 49ers.com
By Emmett Berg and Jenna Lane, Bay City News
January 12, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco 49ers officials announced
Thursday they were committed to building a new stadium "in
the Bay Area," careful phrasing that signaled little about
whether the team will move to Santa Clara.
The team statement was issued regarding U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's
of federal legislation, the Football Fairness Act, which would
require National Football League approval as part of teams' decisions
"The San Francisco 49ers are committed to working with officials
and lawmakers, including Sen. Feinstein, to achieve our goal of
building a new world-class NFL stadium in the Bay Area, our home
for 60 years," the team statement began. "We also are
committed to working with the NFL and the owners of the other
31 franchises at the appropriate time as the senator's bill would
According to the statement, the team has worked with Feinstein
on their stadium plans and "appreciate that she understands
the need for a new stadium."
"We do not believe this legislation will deter our efforts
to create a stadium that provides a world-class fan experience
that the Bay Area deserves."
Feinstein said she was motivated
to introduce the "Football Fan Protection Act'' after the
San Francisco 49ers announced in November that the team could
move to Santa Clara.
"This legislation is designed to slow the movement of NFL
teams and prevent communities from suffering the financial and
intangible costs of these moves,'' Feinstein said in a statement.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (file photo).
"Our football teams are more than just businesses. They
are a common denominator that cuts across class, race and gender
to bond the people of a city. They are a key component of a city's
culture and identity.''
Feinstein said the bill would require NFL approval for any team
move, under a limited antitrust exemption. She compared it to
an exemption Major League Baseball uses and noted that one baseball
franchise has moved in the last 25 years, compared to seven NFL
teams in the same period.
The bill was recorded as the "Football Fairness Act,'' No.
249, and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which
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