Timeline 1987-2005

February 12, 1987

Santa Clara gives the 49ers a decades-long sweetheart deal on rent for their training facility near Great America.  (By 2011, the 49ers will only pay about $2200/month for 11 acres while nearby hotels lease land from Santa Clara for millions per year.)  Contrary to what Mayor Patricia Mahan will say in a stadium debate in May 2010, the lease specifies that Santa Clara pay for the infrastructure leading up to the training center property.


December 1997

"DeBartolo was involved in the corruption case of former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards. He pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report a felony, and received a $1 million fine and two years of probation in return for his testimony against Edwards. Edwards was on trial for extortion and other charges, among which were the $400,000 he demanded from DeBartolo to gain a river boat casino license. DeBartolo never received the license, was fined by the NFL, and barred from active control of the 49ers for one year." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_J._DeBartolo,_Jr.


DeBartolo has pleaded guilty to a felony - failure to report an extortion attempt.  SF Chronicle, March 17, 2000

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/e/a/2000/03/17/NEWS7683.dtl#ixzz1nWZdFwdw

San Francisco Chronicle, March 22, 2000: "DeBartolo, who won the license for a riverboat casino in Bossier City, La., in partnership with a Dallas company, relinquished it after being summoned before a federal grand jury and refusing to answer questions about the deal."

49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo had to give up control of the 49ers to his sister, Denise DeBartolo York.  He never regained control.

Despite passage of a $100 Million stadium bond measure in San Francisco, new 49ers owners Denise DeBartolo York and her husband, John York, eventually look to Santa Clara for a new stadium.


In 2009 Forbes lists Denise DeBartolo's net worth as greater than $900 million (she barely missed the cutoff for being one of the 400 richest people in the country).

In Sept. 2009 Forbes described the 49ers as 'desperate' for a new stadium to increase NFL revenues.  Forbes wrote in Sept. 2010 that a new stadium would increase the 49ers valuation by $200 million.  Click here for Forbes Sept. 2011 valuation of the 49ers, currently at $990 Million.