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49ers Hiring Silicon Valley Veterans; Synergy Building Between Business, Football Operations
Published December 11, 2012
LEARNING TO SHARE: In S.F., Ron Kroichick notes the “long-simmering idea of the 49ers and Raiders sharing a stadium remains stuffed in the background.” Kroichick: “It's time both teams set aside their pride, listen to their practical side and seriously talk about making this happen.” In a “perfect world, the Raiders would build a stadium in Oakland, ideally where the Coliseum sits.” But it is “wildly illogical to even contemplate building two outrageously expensive NFL stadiums in these economic times,” as cost estimates for the 49ers' project “have soared north of $1 billion.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league is “open to contributing $200 million to a new Raiders stadium, as it did for the 49ers." But Kroichick writes it is “hard to picture that really happening” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/11).