"Today's vote is an important milestone for the 49ers and their fans," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "It is a solid endorsement that adds to the strong support of the South Bay community. This step will allow the 49ers to move forward toward making the dream of a new stadium a reality."
The news came out that the NFL has approved their first loan from their G-4 loan program established in the newest CBA for the amount of $200 million to our cross town rivals the 49ers. What this means for the Raiders is that there is quite a bit less of incentive for San Francisco to have the Raiders join them in their new stadium since they have now acquired all the additional help that they needed. They already have the amount needed for the funding for their BILLION dollar new stadium and it appears (as of now) that they will be the only team inhibiting it in Santa Clara.
Things could still change and the zoning agreements for the new stadium did OK it for 2 NFL teams to use it so the door is not completely closed on the Raiders joining them. Presumably the Raiders made their own choice to not join San Fran in Santa Clara and are still lobbying for improvements to be made in Oakland or they probably would move to L.A.. Oakland City is still at least trying to keep the Raiders in town so we will see how that develops in the near future. The Santa Clara stadium is scheduled to be open by 2015 and could be open as early as 2014 so hopefully that will help speed up the information we receive on our own stadium plans.
Roger Goodell did announce in a pre-Super Bowl press conference that the NFL itself would prefer to not move any of their current franchises from their respective cities and to just have an expansion team set up in L.A.. Oh did I say an expansion team? I meant to say TWO expansion teams. That is correct, due to scheduling conflicts with an odd number for NFL teams if we are getting one expansion team we would be getting two. Not only would that apparently be the plan, but it looks to me like both would be inhibiting that LA stadium.
Having 2 expansion teams share the same stadium in a new market as fickle as LA seems like a really terrible idea to me. Seriously, it seems like for LA to support a team it needs to be a winner and expansion franchises do not win right away normally, so having 2 splitting up the local fan base and trying to get them to show up to the games seems implausible to me. We will see in the future what happens with it though since everything is still up in the air.
I am still hoping that Oakland manages to keep the Raiders right where they are. Its really "great" to know that Roger Goodell is so committed to the 49ers fans and their dreams of a new stadium while allowing the Raiders to toil away in their crap stadium. Candlestick Park definitely needed to be replaced as well but it just annoys me that the NFL is eager to help them while not lifting a finger to help us. A solid endorsement to the North Bay area and their struggling economy would really be nice right about now Mr. Goodell. Obviously, I wont be holding my breath waiting for the NFL to help us though.