Sure, this is speculation, but regardless of whether this story is true or not, there are drastic changes ahead for the 49ers. Scott Ostler, resident Chronicle sports writer and smarm-master extraordinaire, is putting out there that the Yorks have reached their limit in taking shit for running the San Francisco 49ers badly, and are quietly looking to sell the team. He points to the fact that chief negotiator Paraag Marathe has been moved out of the VP of football operations role to focus solely on selling the team (yay!).
Of course theres no way to know if this is true or not, but there have been some big-name suitors looking to buy, including Larry Ellison, and a group headed by Brent Jones/Steve Young. Shit, you can’t swing a dead cat around these parts without hitting a billionaire or three. Ellison though is desperate to get into the owners club, having been thwarted in his attempt to buy the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, and the New Orleans Pelicans a few years ago. He also tried to start a new NFL franchise in LA. All for naught. The Oracle of Redwood Shores also took potshots at the Yorks back in 2004 for their building of a 1-11 team.
“That victory spoiled what could have been a perfect season,” Ellison said sarcastically. “Clearly, it’s the worst team in football. Unfortunately, it’s not a publicly held company, so you can’t vote (the Yorks) out of there.”
Here we are 11 years later, and maybe Scott is right. The Yorks are tired of hiding from everyone, and catching a ton of heat for ruining a once-proud franchise as they stumble and bumble their way to another lost season.
It is but to dream.
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