The NFL did that thing the NFL does on Friday, promising a Super Bowl for Santa Clara if the city builds a stadium for the San Francisco 49ers. Or rather, promising to “support and encourage a Super Bowl bid,” which isn’t quite the same thing, though it works the same for generating headlines.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Examiner examines what the 49ers have meant to San Francisco (economically, not emotionally), and comes up with this list:
- They pay $5.5 million a year in rent, but the Recreation and Park Department spends $4.1 million on stadium upkeep.
- San Francisco gets about $2.4 million a year in taxes from the team.
- Some jobs are created, but mostly they’re only ten days a year, as the team’s full-time staff is already located in Santa Clara.
- The city gets free exposure when images of San Francisco landmarks appear on national TV broadcasts, but probably still would even if the team moved, as Santa Clara doesn’t have any landmarks.
Thus having downplayed the 49ers’ economic value, the Examiner nonetheless insists that a new stadium would be “play a crucial role in stimulating the economy,” citing “business and tourism officials” and a 1997 report that bringing a Super Bowl to town would “generate $300 million for The City.” Do we really have to go over this again?