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CBA uncertainty delays 49ers stadium project

The absence of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement could cause the NFL to lose up to $1 billion even before any regular-season games would be missed.  It already has had an impact in San Francisco, where the uncertainty has pushed back the opening of a new 49ers stadium by at least a year.

Owner Jed York recently explained the situation to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, expressing pessimism regarding the conclusion of labor talks with the NFLPA.

“My gut feel is that this is going to take a while,” York said, contradicting optimism recently expressed by the likes of Pats owner Robert Kraft and Jets owner Woody Johnson.

The lack of a deal means that cash won’t be available, for now, via the league’s G3 (not to be confused with Gregg “3G” Rosenthal) loan program, which provided up to $150 million to stadium construction. 

And York made it clear that the “lynchpin” to the stadium construction is the completion of a new CBA. 

“Obviously,
if we get something done soon, we could hopefully pull the trigger and
get going on a design development that could get us to where we need to
be for a ’14 opening,” York said.  “But it’s really a direct impact for financing and
the NFL making an investment in the stadium at this point.  Absent a
labor deal, I just think that’s going to be very, very difficult.”

Bottom line?  Without a new CBA in place soon, the stated goal of 2014 will be adjusted forward by a year.

Meanwhile, the chances of the 49ers and the Raiders sharing a venue — which would make plenty of sense from a financial standpoint — remain remote.  The league wants the two teams to do it, but nothing has happened in that regard, yet.

“It is certainly something
we’ve been open to and we’ve said that all along,” York told Howard Mintz of the San Jose Mercury News.  “But at
this point, I don’t see anything that says we’re going to build this
stadium together
.”

Unspoken in this regard is the strong possibility that the Raiders would prefer a joint project to be constructed in Oakland, not Santa Clara.

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10 Responses to “CBA uncertainty delays 49ers stadium project”
  1. Tcostant says: Oct 22, 2010 8:18 AM

    What an excuse. The teams will still net more money as the TV contracts will be paid without any player costs. No doubt any labor unrest will be over by the time the staduim opened. Delay, delay and delay…

  2. Tcostant says: Oct 22, 2010 8:18 AM

    What an excuse. The teams will still net more money as the TV contracts will be paid without any player costs. No doubt any labor unrest will be over by the time the staduim opened. Delay, delay and delay…

  3. Scarlet&Gold says: Oct 22, 2010 9:46 AM

    Headline should be “1-5 record delays 49ers stadium project”

  4. Scarlet&Gold says: Oct 22, 2010 9:46 AM

    Headline should be “1-5 record delays 49ers stadium project”

  5. 6250claimer says: Oct 22, 2010 9:52 AM

    It’ll never get built as long as the York family owns the team anyways. $150m from the league? That’s a drop in the bucket. The new stadium would cost over $1b, and they don’t have the rest of the financing in place now, and never will.
    Larry Ellison or Steve Jobs needs to buy the team and scratch a check for a new stadium out of his own pocket, which would be chump change for either of them. Unfortunately, it’ll never happen, and the Yorks almost certainly wouldn’t sell if they came a’ knockin’ anyways.
    O Eddie D, you are SO missed.

  6. 6250claimer says: Oct 22, 2010 9:52 AM

    It’ll never get built as long as the York family owns the team anyways. $150m from the league? That’s a drop in the bucket. The new stadium would cost over $1b, and they don’t have the rest of the financing in place now, and never will.
    Larry Ellison or Steve Jobs needs to buy the team and scratch a check for a new stadium out of his own pocket, which would be chump change for either of them. Unfortunately, it’ll never happen, and the Yorks almost certainly wouldn’t sell if they came a’ knockin’ anyways.
    O Eddie D, you are SO missed.

  7. PWillisTheBeast says: Oct 22, 2010 10:29 AM

    The York family are a bunch of tools who are driving this once proud franchise into the ground! Get out of your own way and hire the “Tuna” so he can turn this ship around!

  8. PWillisTheBeast says: Oct 22, 2010 10:29 AM

    The York family are a bunch of tools who are driving this once proud franchise into the ground! Get out of your own way and hire the “Tuna” so he can turn this ship around!

  9. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 22, 2010 11:42 AM

    If the City of San Francisco was not so screwed up the new stadium would be built in the parking lot of Candlestick, just like the new Meadowlands Stadium was built. For some reason, the city believes that the building of a new football stadium should somehow result in “affordable” housing being built in San Francisco. There is affordable housing in the bay area, it is located in Oakland.
    Building the stadium in Santa Clara will probably result in my cancellation of my Niners season tickets.
    Santa Clara is not San Francisco, it is a very long drive with terrible traffic problems for fans coming from the city. (probably more convenient for the nouveau riche in silly valley) As sad as it is, I would rather have the Niners play in……..Oakland.
    I agree, the York family are a bunch of tools.

  10. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 22, 2010 11:42 AM

    If the City of San Francisco was not so screwed up the new stadium would be built in the parking lot of Candlestick, just like the new Meadowlands Stadium was built. For some reason, the city believes that the building of a new football stadium should somehow result in “affordable” housing being built in San Francisco. There is affordable housing in the bay area, it is located in Oakland.
    Building the stadium in Santa Clara will probably result in my cancellation of my Niners season tickets.
    Santa Clara is not San Francisco, it is a very long drive with terrible traffic problems for fans coming from the city. (probably more convenient for the nouveau riche in silly valley) As sad as it is, I would rather have the Niners play in……..Oakland.
    I agree, the York family are a bunch of tools.

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