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Joe Montana critical of San Francisco losing 49ers

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10:02 AM ET 10.27 | Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana did not get sentimental when asked Saturday about the 49ers moving out of San Francisco. Montana, instead, placed the blame on San Francisco politicians for the 49ers' relocation to Santa Clara. The 49ers, of course, will remain as the San Francisco 49ers, but their home stadium will move 39 miles to the south. Candlestick Park is scheduled to be demolished shortly after the current season, and the 49ers will move into Levi's Stadium for the 2014 season. The 49ers' team offices are also located in Santa Clara. "I understand people's concern about them leaving San Francisco," said Montana, speaking at an NFL forum that featured questions from European fans of football. "I don't think there was not enough of an effort by people in power at the time to try to keep them there. To me, they made a terrible effort to try to keep them in San Francisco."

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October 27, 2013  10:20 AM ET

The good thing about a legend ripping politicians is that the politicians tend to keep their mouths shut afterwards.

Something about constituencies.

October 27, 2013  10:31 AM ET

Will they still have strawberries and cream at the tailgate parties?

October 27, 2013  10:34 AM ET

San Franciso gets a lot of tourists, they don't like the freeway jammed with locals, now they get to drive 40 miles and have dinner at The Crab House in Santa Clara, bring a lot of wet naps and your own utensils!!!! And Enjoy your day!!!

October 27, 2013  10:34 AM ET

The Santa Clara 49'ers!

I'm sure the good people of San Francisco are plenty pleased with their politicians and will reward them come election day. Not good for business in San Francisco, business leaders must be fuming at the opportunity loss of conveniently hosting clients at NFL games.

October 27, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Are we even sure San Francisco is a football sort of town?

October 27, 2013  10:49 AM ET

Once again I shall ask.




What ever happened to the building fund that was put into the CBA during the lockout?
Taxpayers are tired of footing the bill.

October 27, 2013  10:49 AM ET

Hail to the Redskins!!

October 27, 2013  11:17 AM ET

The (Los Angeles) St. Louis Rams
The (St. Louis) Arizona Cardinals
The (Baltimore) Indianapolis Colts
The (San Francisco) Santa Clara 49'ers

Ugh.

October 27, 2013  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The (Los Angeles) St. Louis RamsThe (St. Louis) Arizona CardinalsThe (Baltimore) Indianapolis ColtsThe (San Francisco) Santa Clara 49'ersUgh.

To continue...



The Dallas (Arlington) Cowboys.
The NY ( Jersey) Giants and Jets.
The Washington (Boston and Maryland) Redskins.
Etc., etc., etc.

October 27, 2013  11:23 AM ET

Whining for nothing. The NY Giants, look where they play, the Lions played in Pontiac, the Cards play in Glendale. Not a big deal.

October 27, 2013  11:46 AM ET

Will the fans who wear the "Forty $#@&*-ing Niners" shirts will be welcome in Santa Clara?

October 27, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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Will the fans who wear the "Forty $#@&*-ing Niners" shirts will be welcome in Santa Clara?

Nearly as important - will the parking lot muggings move also?

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October 27, 2013  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

fan beatings and deaths also

All part of the 49er experience...

October 27, 2013  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Hail to the Redskins!!

Hail!!!!!!

October 27, 2013  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Whining for nothing. The NY Giants, look where they play, the Lions played in Pontiac, the Cards play in Glendale. Not a big deal.

May I add that the Pats play in Foxboro, the Fish in Miami Gardens, the Cowboys in Arlington, the Bills in Orchard Park.

October 27, 2013  12:23 PM ET
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Whining for nothing. The NY Giants, look where they play, the Lions played in Pontiac, the Cards play in Glendale. Not a big deal.

Exactly. The Giants and Jets play in another state, for crying out loud.

October 27, 2013  12:25 PM ET
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Once again I shall ask. What ever happened to the building fund that was put into the CBA during the lockout?Taxpayers are tired of footing the bill.

It has been documented in a number of economic impact studies that subsidizing professional sports team's playing facilities does not generate tax revenues to justify the expenditure of taxpayer money.

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October 27, 2013  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Exactly. The Giants and Jets play in another state, for crying out loud.

Skol!!

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