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  • Ed Roski Considers 49ers, Raiders Candidates For L.A. Stadium

    Roski Names 49ers, Raiders Among Seven
    Teams That Could Move Into Industry Stadium
    Majestic Realty Chair & CEO Ed Roski has named the 49ers and Raiders  "among seven teams he views as candidates to move" to his proposed stadium in City of Industry, California, if he "buys a major stake in the club," according to a front-page piece by Cote & FitzGerald for the S.F. CHRONICLE. Roski would demand a "controlling stake in the team before he starts construction," but 49ers co-Owners John York and Denise DeBartolo York "seem unwilling to sell." 49ers President Jed York: "We don't want to move to L.A. Our focus is on Santa Clara and on putting a stadium there." Former 49ers President Carmen Policy added, "I don't think the league would let the 49ers leave the Bay Area. It's too important of a market for them." NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello said that the league is "not currently considering a 49ers move" to the L.A. area. Aiello: "It's not a question we're looking at now." But Cote & FitzGerald noted while Jed York said that he is "'very confident' that the 49ers will have a new stadium in Santa Clara in time for the 2014 season, major crossroads are approaching, including a make-or-break vote there and a pivotal battle over a proposed bridge" at Candlestick Park that is "essential to the team's demand for smooth game-day access." Even if the team overcomes the obstacles in Santa Clara, S.F. officials "question whether financing will come through for the Niners." S.F. Office of Economic & Workforce Development Dir Michael Cohen: "We believe there is a significant amount of uncertainty that they can finance this even if they win the election. That's the second crossroads." The 49ers have "already looked at about a dozen sites across the Bay Area," and 49ers VP/Communications Lisa Lang said that those options "would be re-evaluated if Santa Clara falls through" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/13). In San Jose, Howard Mintz reported a Santa Clara-based community group backed by the 49ers Friday "formally submitted a proposed initiative for the June ballot to build" the 68,500-seat, $937M stadium in the city. The initiative "outlines the arguments in favor of voters approving" the stadium (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 12/12).

    NOT FIT TO BE TOGETHER: In S.F., Ray Ratto wrote the NFL's "powers that be ... still think the 49ers and Raiders should share a new stadium," which is the "perfect solution if you know nothing about the two teams, the Bay Area or the fan bases." There are "reasons why the shared stadium is a good idea, but all of them are money-related," and the reasons "why it won't happen are more powerful." Neither team "wants to be perceived as the tenant of the other, and the location of the stadium would do exactly that." Also, neither team "wants to have the stadium farther from its fan base, which is why Santa Clara works to the 49ers' benefit but not to the Raiders," and "anywhere in the East Bay works to the Raiders' benefit but not the 49ers." Ratto noted Raiders' ownership situation also will be "in flux sooner rather than later," and new Raiders investors "may want to look toward Los Angeles at some future date." The Raiders "in their private moments" also "want the 49ers to lose the election, get angry at being scorned and look at Los Angeles, and the 49ers want the Raiders to leave for L.A. now" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/13).

    EXPLAINING NEED FOR PUBLIC MONEY: Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani wrote a letter to the editor in the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE in response to his comments Thursday that a downtown San Diego stadium would require public funding. Fabiani wrote it is "important for people to understand that a stadium downtown would require a funding plan very different from the plan they've been hearing about for the past several years." The downtown San Diego site currently being considered is "just over 10 acres -- making it the smallest stadium site" in the NFL -- and as a result, the site will "accommodate, at most, the stadium, without any opportunity for the related development to help pay for the stadium." For that reason, the "successful development of a stadium at the downtown site will require sources of funding other than what might come from a related development, in addition to a $250-300[M] investment by the Chargers and the NFL." But Fabiani wrote it "would be a mistake for anyone to cast this as a debate between taxpayer money vs. no taxpayer money," as taxpayer money is "going to be spent no matter what." Those who "say they are in favor of the status quo -- those who say that the Chargers should simply stay in Qualcomm Stadium and play out their lease through the year 2020 -- are in fact advocating the spending of more than $300[M] in taxpayer money between now and then just to keep the aging stadium operating" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/12).

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  • Jerry Jones Offers $25M For Mayweather-Pacquiao In Texas

    Jones' Offer To Host Mayweather-Pacquiao
    Bout Exceeds Staples Center Offer By $5M
    Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones has offered a $25M "guarantee to host the scheduled March 13 mega-fight" between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium, according to a source cited by Lance Pugmire of the L.A. TIMES. The offer exceeds AEG's $20M offer to host the fight at Staples Center. Jones' offer will be "greatly challenged by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which is expected to offer ringside seats for $2,500, which is $500 more than the highest-priced seats for the most lucrative fight in boxing history," Mayweather's victory over Oscar De La Hoya in May '07. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said, "The numbers are going in the right direction, and I believe we'll end up in excess of $30[M]" (LATIMES.com, 12/12). The Dallas bid was "thought to be dead after Schaefer skipped" a scheduled tour of the stadium last week. But Top Rank Chair Bob Arum said, "I'm working really hard to bring the fight down to Dallas. ... I know we can get the greatest offer in history from the Texas stadium" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 12/13). Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban in an e-mail said he is "willing to help in anyway" to land the fight at Cowboys Stadium. Cuban: "I have a call in to Floyd and have offered my assistance. We will see what happens" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 12/12).

    AND THE WINNER IS ... Arum said that he "expects to settle on a site" for the bout by next week. While noting that Las Vegas is "the front-runner, Arum claims it still might be Dallas -- and it definitely won't be L.A." Arum: "I'm saying that Dallas is a real live possibility." When asked about truth of the rumored $25M offer, Jones said, "I'm not commenting on it, but it sure could be" (AP, 12/13). ESPN.com's Dan Rafael noted "unless some other place pops up, this is a two-town race: Vegas or Dallas, neither of which levy state income taxes" (ESPN.com, 12/12). In San Antonio, John Whisler wrote Mayweather-Pacquiao is a "fight fans' fight," so it "belongs to the masses, not the privileged few." Put it at the MGM Grand in Vegas, a venue that "barely seats 16,000, and the only people who will be able to afford tickets -- and can get them -- are the casino high-rollers, corporate muckety-mucks and Hollywood celebrity snobs." But put it in Cowboys Stadium, "which can hold up to 100,000 spectators, and suddenly John Q. Public has a chance to see the fight in person." Whisler: "Boxing hasn't been mainstream in ages, yet here is a chance to take it there, at least for a few weeks" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 12/13).

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  • Cowboys' 3D Videoboard Broadcast Ill-Received By Fans, Press

    Writers, Fans Unimpressed By Cowboys'
    3D Videoboard Broadcast Yesterday
    The Cowboys broadcast in 3D on their videoboard during the beginning of the second half of yesterday's game against the Chargers, and the effect was "underwhelming," according to Gil LeBreton of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. It was an "ill-advised attempt at a historic 3-D telecast," as it was like "being held hostage in an optometrist's office." LeBreton: "What exactly was supposed to be flying out at us, besides ... Miller Lite ads?" LeBreton notes when the videoboard "went back to the regularly scheduled programming, the audience loudly cheered" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 12/14). In Dallas, Evan Grant notes HDLogix, which provided the 2D to 3D conversion system, had "touted that beginning with the second-half kickoff, fans at Cowboys Stadium were going to be treated to the 'first live 3D broadcast ever to be shown on giant video screens at a major sporting event.'" But Grant writes the "worst decision of the day" was made by "whoever was in charge of blurring" the videoboard. The videoboard was "switched back to obsolete HD" with 8:10 left in the third quarter, and the crowd "roared" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/14). FANHOUSE.com's Nancy Gay wrote watching the videoboard in 3D was "like riding the Zipper immediately after eating a funnel cake at the carnival in a Wal-Mart parking lot," as it produced an "annoying, nauseating feeling" (FANHOUSE.com, 12/13). ESPNDALLAS.com's Calvin Watkins noted Cowboys fans "don't like the video board in 3D," as they "booed when the PA [announcer] said the game was being shown on the video board in 3D" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 12/13).

    FLAWLESS: In California, Scott Bair noted Chargers President Dean Spanos Saturday toured Cowboys Stadium, "inspecting a dream stadium he wants." Bair wrote of Cowboys Stadium, "This stadium is truly one-of-a-kind, a landmark that could've only been built in Texas. ... If this Death Star has a weakness, I haven't found it" (NCTIMES.com, 12/13).

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  • Breeders' Cup Considers Permanent Site For World Championships

    A Permanent Site For Future Breeders' Cup
    World Championships Could Be In Place By '11
    The Breeders' Cup BOD on Friday authorized management to "explore the feasibility of a single permanent host site location for the Breeders' Cup World Championships," according to Ed DeRosa of the THOROUGHBRED TIMES. Breeders' Cup Senior Dir of Event Communications Jim Gluckson: "It's possible that the permanent site could be announced for the 2011 event." Belmont Park, Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park have held the World Championships "most often," but "only Santa Anita had had discussions with Breeders' Cup about becoming a permanent host" prior to Friday's meeting. Churchill Downs is "slated to host the event for a record seventh time" in '10. Churchill Downs VP/Communications Liz Harris said, "No one yet has spoken with Breeders' Cup executives about specific plans, but I know that we'll be happy to discuss this with Breeders' Cup executives once they have specific proposals." Harris added, "Breeders' Cup always does well here, so I would hope that Churchill would be a part of long-term discussions." DeRosa noted Belmont Park, which has hosted the World Championships four times, is "believed to be in the running to stage the '11 event," but the NYRA has had "no discussions with Breeders' Cup about being a permanent host" (THOROUGHBREDTIMES.com, 12/11). In N.Y., Jerry Bossert wrote if the Breeders' Cup BOD names a permanent site, "please let them choose a dirt track, and not a synthetic track, which throws the importance of the Breeders' Cup right out the window" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/12).

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