Jed York: I own the 49ers, and you don’t dismiss owners

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The 49ers have fired G.M. Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly, a year after firing coach Jim Tomsula, and two years after “mutually parting ways” with coach Jim Harbaugh. But with all those dismissals and the team getting progressively worse, is there someone higher up in the organization who should be fired?

Not according to owner Jed York, who said at his press conference today that he remains in charge.

Asked why he shouldn’t be dismissed alongside Baalke and Kelly, York answered, “I own this football team. You don’t dismiss owners. I’m sorry that that’s the fact and that’s the case, but that’s the fact.”

York did acknowledge at the outset of his press conference that the fans have every right to be upset with the product they’ve seen on the field.

“First, I want to let the fans know, I apologize for a 2-14 season and I apologize for being back here again and making a change,” York said.

But if the fans think the real change needs to be at the very top, York acknowledged, “Nothing I’m going to say is going to be a satisfactory answer.”

The only satisfactory answer would be a much, much better team than the 49ers have had since Harbaugh left.

128 responses to “Jed York: I own the 49ers, and you don’t dismiss owners

  1. I was watching this, it’s hilarious. Refuses to admit any mistakes (which he bizarrely refers to as “playing the revisionist history game”) and has possibly one of the worst haircuts I’ve ever seen. After his QB.

  2. The NFL needs to start dividing up the TV revenue based on wins and losses. Some owners are making millions despite not even caring, or trying to win.

  3. BS. Mommy and Daddy York own the 49ers. Watch yourself, silver spoon, you cheap incompetent fool. Your uncle, Eddie DeBartolo, is the true rightful owner of the team.

    You’re becoming worse than Mark Davis and Jimmy Haslam.

  4. Where Jed York went wrong. Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh were headed for divorce. York chose Baalke instead of Harbaugh. He assumed that Baalke was the reason for The Niners success. York was wrong. Simple as that. He picked the wrong guy. He knows it now.

  5. You ready to be held accountable yet, Jed? Get in here and spank this petulant child, Eddie D.

  6. Billionaires generally aren’t very good for anything other than enriching themselves.

    It’s a wonder that society hasn’t already burned to the ground with these kinds of people in charge.

  7. .
    I’ve got very little good to say about the 49ers management. A review of their recent drafts is horrifying. However, I don’t buy the new revisionism about the infallibility of Jim Harbaugh. He abandoned ship as it was beginning to sink. If he stayed, he would have gone down with it.
    .

  8. Chip Kelly is not this terrible. Something is wrong with this team. I would have kept Chip another year if not two. There’s something to be said for continuity. You shouldn’t be changing your mind every year.

  9. “I own this football team”. Yeah, because his uncle had to give up the team as part of a plea deal. Jed York is the luckiest person on earth.

    Unfortunately for niner fans, he’ll probably own the team for another 50+ years.

  10. Translating Jed York as follows: “I own the team. You get what you get on the field. If the team’s a pathetic loser, so be it. If you fans and media don’t like it, then F you. I’m rich”

  11. The 49ers are going to be bad for a long long time. Add San Fran to the sad sack teams like the Jets, Browns, Jags, and Bears.

    That’s Karma for allowing that POS Krap to take a dump on the heads of millions of men and women who have served our country, fought and died for our freedoms.

    York, by not cutting him, is tacitly showing his support for Krap and BLM!

  12. Clueless, childish arrogance – Jed York does not own the 49ers – his enabling parents own 80%. What a family representative! Jim Irsay, Woody Johnson and Jimmy Haslam have to be laughing as they are no longer the standard of disreputable owners. Jed York is now the image of a petulant, arrogant incompetent owner!

  13. Must be nice to be 32 and inherit an NFL team.

    Just ask Jed York, Jim Irsay, Dan Rooney, Stephen Jones, Jonathan Kraft, Mark Davis, Dean Spanos……And the list goes on.

    I wonder if you ask them what’s wrong with the country, they’d say it’s all those damn lazy people who were born broke. And now getting all that free money from the govt.

  14. “It’s up to us to make sure we compete for and win Super Bowls. That’s our only goal. We don’t raise division championship banners, we don’t raise NFC Championship banners. We raise Super Bowl banners. And whenever we don’t deliver that, I hope that you will hold me directly responsible and accountable for it.” — Jed York, December 2014

    LOL.

  15. It is clear, listening to Jed York’s press conference (as well as last year’s press conference), that he has no idea what he is doing. I would not want to work for this person in any capacity.

    On a side note, if you’re not prepared to answer questions (his stock answer was that coach and GM have to work together), then don’t hold a press conference. Just send out a press release.

  16. Hopefully he is ready to educate the masses with all that “Great football Knowledge” of his.

    Good thing for him he probably has a lot of practice of running a NFL franchise in EA’s Madden, because with that attitude of his, he will be back making more changes in another 2-3 seasons.

  17. I’ve met the man twice and everything you think about him is probably true. You meet some successful people and realize they appreciate where they are, know that it’s both hard work and help from other people that got them where they are, and don’t come across as entitled snobs…. That’s how some rich people are, not so much OTHER people I’ve met.

  18. “I also want the fans to know I don’t have to eat vegetables if I don’t want, so you guys can’t make me. My mommy and daddy said so.”

  19. “I own this football team. You don’t dismiss owners.”

    Sounds a lot like, “As of now, I am in control here, in the White House.” Jed needs to realize he is the acting owner by virtue of being the real owners son and he remains as such only so long as Mommie Dearest decides he should.
    Blood may be thicker than water but money talks. If he continues running the brand into the ground he may discover gold is thicker than blood.

  20. good luck trying to hire someone

    yikes

    so kelly got fired because he wanted prescott and was right

    baalke got fired because he is being scapegoated by york

  21. Jed boy’s parents own the 49ers, not him. He thinks he owns it but he’s incorrect. He just manages the team.

    He is expendable just like everyone else in the world. Get over yourself Jed boy.

  22. Good luck 9er fans. Us Cowboy fans have had to deal with Jerry for all of these years never admitting his mistakes and a few years ago he finally started letting his son have more power and say in draft/personnel decisions. York is young so you could have another 40+ years of him meddling where owners don’t belong.

  23. tonebones says:
    Jan 2, 2017 1:25 PM
    The NFL needs to start dividing up the TV revenue based on wins and losses. Some owners are making millions despite not even caring, or trying to win.

    _________________________

    Agree 100%. I didn’t realize how bad it can get in the pro sports field concerning this until I moved to Houston. Never been much of a baseball fan but it was so apparent with the Houston Astros that all they cared about was money and not winning. They would draft really good players and as soon as their contracts would come up, they would let them go. I think the new ownership tried to change that but I haven’t been keeping up.

    This would also force owners to hire competent GMs.

  24. sja125 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 1:41 PM
    Must be nice to be 32 and inherit an NFL team.

    Just ask Jed York, Jim Irsay, Dan Rooney, Stephen Jones, Jonathan Kraft, Mark Davis, Dean Spanos……And the list goes on.

    I wonder if you ask them what’s wrong with the country, they’d say it’s all those damn lazy people who were born broke. And now getting all that free money from the govt.
    ______________________________________
    Stephen Jones is 52 years old and doesn’t own the team. He has worked as Director of Player Personnel which will prepare him to run the team when the time comes. He has helped the team draft some great guys over the past 6 years.

    He comes from a football family and played linebacker at Arkansas.

    At least get your facts straight instead of grouping him in with those goons

  25. “I own the team” ?!? The team was handed /gifted to you by a father who had the team gifted to him by a real owner Eddie D…somebody who worked tirelessly hard, to build a proud and winning franchise.

    Mr. Jed York, it is my anger with your many poor decisions that make me want to lash out to proclaim: you are a self entitled, silver spoon, millennial brat! But in truth, it is sad that you just don’t get it!

    If you cared at all for the 49er family, your name or what your family legacy is, you’d step down and get people in there that know how to treat others with dignity and class…and you can still laugh all the way to the bank.

  26. The York owned San Francisco 49ers:

    A three ring circus set on fire with clowns pouring grease on the flames.

    Faithful 49er fans nothing will change with these incompetent hacks at the helm. Their failure is demonstrable and has been since they took over from Eddie D. The only way to right the ship is to talk with your wallets and send this carpet baggers back to Ohio.

    BOYCOTT!!!

  27. I used to think the owner in Washington DC was the worst in the NFL until today. What you would have to do to knock Daniel Snyder off that mantel is mind boggling but somehow Jed has pulled it off.

  28. You can’t dismiss owners but you just might be able to take their brand new stadiums away from them. If Santa Clara were able to do that it would hit the Niners hard in the pocketbook and could potentially force a sale. Supposedly most of the York family is disinterested in the team so Jed may eventually be forced out from within.

  29. He doesn’t own anything. His parents were given the franchise and put their son in charge. This guy is delusional, he probably thinks he’s a big business success story when he’s a trust fund kid.

  30. He’s the perfect owner for that entitled fair weather so-called fan base. They truly deserve each other. Niner fans, from the bottom of my heart, may the next twenty years be as successful as the last twenty years.

  31. I never seen a owner run a team into the ground like Jed.

    This team going into the 2017 League year will have no QB on its roster. Not ONE QB under contract. The most important position in sports. That is total absolute, complete buffonery.

  32. Take a look around the league, nobody cares who owns the teams, hire people to run the team, go somewhere nice and warm during the week and show up on game days to sit in the owners suite.

  33. My sympathy for 49er fans: The Minnesota Twins have had the worst record in all of MLB last season. Since 2011 fielded the worst team in all of MLB twice and finished in the bottom 3 a total of 3 other times. The hand me down late owners son finally got some CENTS in his head to hire an executive from the World Series Cleveland Indians baseball team who would hire a GM. Jed get with it.

  34. Get used to it. We’re entering an era where the Jed Yorks of the world are pretty much going to be running everything.

  35. Like it or not he is right it is his team
    And he can do as he sees fit

    Fans can stay home but he owns the balls

  36. I like Jed York. Best owner in the league. If management had stepped on Kaepernick and Davis when they started trashing the organization, things would have been considerably different. Hopefully he’s learned from that.

  37. The people in Green Bay have it better than any other team. Why?…because they don’t have an OWNER to deal with. A majority of these guys/gals/douches are nothing more than people born into excessively wealthy families and thus think they know everything about anything and everything. Most couldn’t even tell you if a football is pumped or stuffed, yet they have a sense of entitlement because their ancestors were financially successful.

    What do you call all the NFL Owners at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean?
    A good start.

  38. “I own this football team. You don’t dismiss owners. I’m sorry that that’s the fact and that’s the case, but that’s the fact.”
    —————————————————————–
    Duh! An awfully lot of people seem to overlook that fact. If he doesn’t learn, the Niners will suck til he sells the team. If he’ll hire a professional football guy who can actually identify appropriate talent and utilize that talent, they can be competitive. If he won’t, well, I’d hate to be a home-town fan.

  39. Oh lighten up on the kid people!
    He clearly made the wrong choice between harbaugh and Baalke and now he’s suffering for it.
    Kaep is nothing without Harbaugh and now they know it.
    The only solution is to blow it all up and start from scratch.

    If he can find the right guys it won’t be long before the niners are contenders again.

    – a Patriots fans.

  40. Reading all these comments about billionare owners makes one wonder why we just put the same animal in the white house. just makes me say hmmm.

  41. We just elected a rich guy who has raised nepotism to a whole new level. Fans seem to understand that guys like York and Irsay shouldn’t even run a football team but we voted for a president with no knowledge of an organization 1,000 times more complicated.

  42. I am a life-long Pats fan and am constantly reminded of how fickle a fan base can be.
    They also have very short memories but fiercely defend their right to complain and condemn.
    When BB decided to keep Brady on the field when Bledsoe was healthy was similar to the Boston Tea Party.
    Jed, you handled the hostile media with temperance and dignity.
    Your carefully worded reminder that you cannot dismiss owners was classic.
    Sincere Good Luck to you and the 49rs!

  43. This spoiled rich kid is the son of John York and Denise DeBartolo. He got handed everything he has. If he had to make it on his own, he couldn’t even land a job as a BART train operator in Oakland.

    He’s disgusting.

  44. He literally says “Ultimately, the decision will rest with me” followed by “I don’t make football decisions” in regards to coach and GM hires.

    This guy is a real tool. Sorry SF fans.

  45. As a former resident of Northern California, I feel terrible for all those great Niners fans and the disgrace this franchise has become. However, as a longtime Cards fan this news couldn’t be better: with Kroenke running the Rams in to the ground in StL/LA and York cluelessly thinking he knows what he’s doing I’m reasonably assured that Seattle is all the Cards will really need to worry about in the near future. And believe me, after suffering through many, many years with Bill Bidwill continually ruining the Cardinals in the belief that he knew what he was doing, the Niners are in for a lot more losing. A lot.

  46. Hello? McYork ! Is it true what I am hearing? That the organization has 80 million in dead money for coaches and GM? If true or even close, that tells us what the true story is.
    Bring back Eddie jr.!

  47. Denise DeBartolo York is the real owner of the San Francisco 49ers. Nobody ever talks about her, and you rarely if ever hear her name. As long as that continues, don’t expect anything to change. You’re all blaming the wrong person. Jed is just a kid. He couldn’t run the window at a drive-thru McDonalds. It’s not his fault at all. His mom doesn’t give a hoot. She’s the problem.

  48. It’s been getting harder and harder lately to tell which team is more dysfunctional, the Bills or the 49ers.

    Just when you think it’s the Bills, this idiot opens his mouth.

  49. When are these guys going to figure out they need to act like Kraft & Allen? Hire good football people to manage and coach. Sit in your box and watch your team win…………………..a lot.

  50. tonebones says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:49 PM

    Denise DeBartolo York is the real owner of the San Francisco 49ers. Nobody ever talks about her, and you rarely if ever hear her name. As long as that continues, don’t expect anything to change. You’re all blaming the wrong person. Jed is just a kid. He couldn’t run the window at a drive-thru McDonalds. It’s not his fault at all. His mom doesn’t give a hoot. She’s the problem.

    ***********************************************

    You think she is the problem. For all we know she just doesn’t care and would prefer to unload the team but can’t because her son won’t stop throwing tantrums about it.

  51. eddiea25 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 2:39 PM
    As long as that spoiled brat runs that team,that team will suck. I don’t care if Christ is the coach.

    ////////////

    Christ can’t coach. What’d he say if Kaep threw a pick six – “Me, Colin!!”??

  52. Yes you are the owner but it’s the fans that keep that money coming to help you and without the fans you end up ?

  53. yet another case where monopoly power makes a worse product for consumers.

    Think he’d be so frivolous if the San Francisco residents could go to a USFL game instead?

  54. “I own this football team. You don’t dismiss owners.”

    Dear Jed,

    You most certainly CAN dismiss owners. Please read up on the following:

    Frank McCourt

    Donald Sterling

    Thanks,
    A Fan
    (but not of you or the 9ers)

  55. holidlove says:
    Jan 2, 2017 4:18 PM
    You can’t dismiss an owner? I bet Donald Sterling would disagree. I know it’s a COMPLETELY different situation, but it can be done.
    _________________________________________
    NFL constitution says a owner who files bankruptcy, “disbands” their team or “business organization” can be forced out.

  56. There’s something called eminent domain, where the government can seize a private asset for the good of the community. I think that needs to be used here. The 49ers are depressing people all over the bay area and that needs to be fixed. I call upon Governor Brown to employ eminent domain, seize the 49ers from the Yorks, resell the team to a competent ownership group, then use the proceeds to fairly compensate the Yorks, minus of course a 10% transaction fee and 9.25% sales tax.

  57. Next time an “owner” petitions a local government for hundreds of millions in subsidies, the option to dismiss the owner should be written into the deal.

  58. Attention Jed York:

    You didn’t earn your position. No one in any capacity would hire you–including myself.

    You don’t know what you’re doing. If you didn’t own the team you would be fired in any position. You don’t know what you’re doing. Did you work in high school or college?

  59. Attention Jed York:

    You didn’t earn your position. No one in any capacity would hire you–including myself.

    Your parents can’t make you smarter.

  60. It’s nice when money can be laundered out in the open. Where exactly did all the DeBartolo money come from?

  61. Gee, yet the raiders can go 14 years and counting without winning a Division and nothing is said. But the 9ers were in the SB just a few years ago .Everyone thinks they can be a NFL owner, you can’t. I don’t believe any owner wants to lose, Jed just needs to again hire the right GM and Coach. All your bad mouthing goes no further than this site and in no way helps. You wouldn’t even be good enough to pickup locker room jock straps. So keep your day job, oh that’s if you even employed!

  62. If Jed is making these public statements on his own without consulting a media specialist, then he is fool and obviously the reason for the 49ers decline. If he is being advised by media professionals, he should fire them. The first thing Jed needs to learn is GOD owns everything! The second thing is inheriting ownership of a sports franchise does not include the tradition and legacy unless you build it. In Jed’s case, the 49er tradition and legacy is being destroyed under his watch.

  63. 80 million in dead money for coaches and GM? Can anyone confirm that number? If it is true or close …that has to be an all time record..

  64. Why would anyone want to work for him? He leaks like a sieve then the person he leaks to lies to make York look better. Mike Silver said Kelly called York when in the presser York indicated he called Kelly because it was getting out that the GM was fired. York has a bunch of fluffers in the media.

  65. It is easy to pile on with negative comments about the rich guy failing in spectacularly public way. And I guess that’s what I like about it, that it is easy. And fun.

    If they were winning we’d be reading a different article. But it is pretty difficult to overcome ignorance, petulance, and obstinance all at the same time. I almost feel bad for 9er fans, but so many of them are mouthy jerks that I’m pretty ok with the whole thing

  66. All you have to know about this idiot was proven when he allowed Harbaugh to leave. The team was winning, with a good young QB that they could build upon for years to come, and this idiot poured gas on the team and set it on fire. All because he couldn’t handle Harbaugh and his bigger-than-life personality, because it hurt his precious ego. When are owners going to realize that they need to put smart, knowledgeable football people in charge to run their teams? He reminds me a lot of Jerry Jones, but at least Jones has had, and is having, some success. This idiot is taking a once proud and successful franchise down, and I’m not sure he’s going to find anyone who wants to step in to fix it.

  67. Jed is just the owners representative.

    His parents actually own the team.

    If John and Denise York refuse to make a change, it’s on them — they “own it” both literally and figuratively 🙂

  68. Once I actually saw the conference, I have a different view. If you just read the words, it sounds ridiculously arrogant, but after watching it for myself, you could tell the reporter was trying to get a rise out of him and Jed paused, didn’t take the bait and answered the question in the only way it could be answered. Prior to answering the question he acknowledged that there was not going to be an answer that would excuse the condition of things and then said the quote that we are all reading. The question and its tone was not the type you here from a journalist, but a disgruntled fan. Very unprofessional.

  69. Fans in Cleveland dismissed an owner, not by leaving stadium seats empty, but by declining to pay for a palatial new ballpark gifted to Modell for his profit. He took his toy to a new playground, but at least we were rid of him.

  70. granadafan says:
    Jan 2, 2017 1:25 PM
    BS. Mommy and Daddy York own the 49ers. Watch yourself, silver spoon, you cheap incompetent fool. Your uncle, Eddie DeBartolo, is the true rightful owner of the team.

    You’re becoming worse than Mark Davis and Jimmy Haslam.

    **********************************

    Sir, I take great exception to your use of the word ‘becoming’ in that last sentence. Change the word to ‘already’ and I will happily withdraw my objection.

  71. Harbough is an A hole. but so are you jed. sometimes A holes have to work together. if you don’t learn that lesson you will continue to ruin a once great franchise.

  72. York, you do not own the 49’s. The 49’s consist of many
    many fans, who watch the game, for their benefit.
    Without the fan base, there is no 49’s (except in name).
    You are trying out the 49’s like testing whether a shoe fits.
    Then throwing away the team, the coaches, etc. IT ISN’T THE TEAM THAT DOESN’T FIT……….IT IS YOU.

  73. The video says the fans will not deprive themselves by not going to games or watching them. Watch the TV ratings sink. Eddie D is missed as his sister married this bozos dad. If the league did not force Eddie D out over some riverboat gambling scheme the Pats would have some real problems

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