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49ers' Move To New Santa Clara Stadium Seen As A Done Deal

Policy said a "disaster" is only thing possible to stop 49ers from moving Santa Clara
Former 49ers President Carmen Policy said a "disaster is the only thing that can possibly stop the 49ers from going forward in Santa Clara," according to Tim Kawakami of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Policy said, "I think that’s a fait accompli and they’re moving on." Asked when he thinks the Santa Clara situation "really solidified," Policy said, "Almost within days after the Collective Bargaining Agreement was finalized. It just seemed that everything turned with that." He said with the new CBA "not only enhancing the numbers for individual teams but also enhancing the kind of contributions the league can make to these new stadiums, it became apparent that if the Niners were willing to take the risk, that the stadium would get financed." Policy: "Make no mistake, the Niners are really putting a lot on the table here and ultimately they’re taking all the risk. I would venture to say that Santa Clara probably got the best deal any community’s ever gotten from an NFL franchise." Asked if he thinks the Raiders will be part of the move, Policy responded, "The only way I see the Raiders being any part of it is if there were just no other possible alternative and by that I mean any alternative, even moving." He added, "My understanding is that the league conditioned its support upon the fact that this would be a facility designed for two teams and that another team could be introduced as a co-tenant" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 2/27).
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