Mercury News- The San Francisco 49ers are offering more than $15 million to park cars on a youth soccer park next to Levi's Stadium, but quite a few people in this Silicon Valley town are ready to flag the team for encroachment.
Opponents say losing the fields could cripple the popular Santa Clara Youth Soccer League, and that the payment isn't enough to buy land and construct new fields.
"How many more concessions does the city have to make to the 49ers?" asked Tino Silva, the new president of the youth league. "This is the 49ers -- who are supposed to be good neighbors, keep their word and do what's right. This is everything but that."
The NFL team is proposing a long-term deal to gain control of three publicly owned soccer fields next to Levi's Stadium. The team also wants the right to develop the 10-acre site for other uses, though it hasn't spelled them out.
Wu Tang might be for the children, but the 49ers are decidedly not. Are we really surprised? Ray Rice got a two game suspension for damn near killing a woman. Mike Vick sent all dogs to heaven and ends up on a new team every year. The NFL doesn't care about dogs. They don't care about women. And they damn sure don't care about children. It's all about that bottom line baby. The poor kids, what are they going to do with their Sunday mornings now? Oh, I don't know, maybe pop on the tube and tune into some Sunday football? NFL games start at 10AM in California. There's no time for such things as going outside or exercising via healthy athletic competition. The NFL has got to fatten up some more young viewers so they become older, fatter, more loyal viewers as time goes by. Can't take the chance that Little Johnny turns that love of soccer into a lifelong passion for Sunday morning athletics. If were being honest I am surprised that the NFL hasn't bulldozed the entirety of South America. Back up the trucks, turn Europe into a parking lot. Can't have kids out kicking balls around grass fields when they are supposed to be working themselves into the shape of another dollar in the NFL's wallet. The only futbol clubs that kids should be worried about employ a bunch of 300 pound black men.
Are these people really trying to tell me that 15 million isn't enough to finance another soccer league? How much are two flimsy metal nets and a patch of grass going for these days? Listen, I'm all about youth sports, but I am pretty sure it is easier to find a new place to play soccer than a place to park at a professional sporting event. Give me 5 minutes scouring a lot for a spot and I would be willing to sign up for the demolishen of a Catholic Church if it meant I could pop the trunk, fire up the grill and crack a few brewskis in it's wake.
P.S. I'm not going to lie to you SCYSL. You probably should have seen this coming...
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