According to the Chronicle, the San Francisco 49ers will ask Santa Clara residents to shell out as much as $200 million dollars for the proposed stadium. The Niners are trying to sell the deal based on the influx of new jobs and tax relief, in addition making the stadium “publicly owned.” We obviously don’t know how the exact conversation went, but given the general ineptitude of owner John York, we like to imagine that the conversation was similar to Homer Simpson’s attempt to start an internet company:
Homer: Welcome to the Internet, my friend. How can I help you?
Comic Book Guy: I’m interested in upgrading my 28.8 kilobaud Internet connection to a 1.5 megabit fiber optic T1 line. Will you be able to provide an IP router that’s compatible with my token ring Ethernet LAN configuration?
Homer (after staring blankly): Can I have some money now?
A consultant for the Niners insists that the team is still working out the details and nothing “has been set in concrete.” There are two sites of interest in Santa Clara, both near Great America.
Meanwhile, the city of San Francisco continues to gain ownership of the Navy’s Hunter’s Point Shipyard, which could potentially keep the 49ers in the city.
Niners apparently eyeing Santa Clara municipal coffers [SFGate]