49ers Team Store grand opening Saturday at 10 a.m.


49ers Team Store grand opening Saturday at 10 a.m.

The San Francisco 49ers will host a celebration for the grand opening of the new 49ers Team Store at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto, CA.

The team store will be open seven days a week through the remainder of the football season, with the following hours:

- Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One thing that is truly special about our Faithful Fans is how passionately they support 49ers football - from the way they decorate their homes to the clothing they wear, said 49ers Chief Operating Officer Paraag Marathe. With the grand opening of the 49ers Team Store in Palo Alto, we want to ensure our fans have easy access to all the latest 49ers merchandise throughout the season. Having opened the Shop 49ers mobile store in San Francisco less than a month ago, we are pleased to offer another 49ers touch-point in the community.

The 49ers Team Store will showcase all the newest styles of 49ers apparel, including the latest Nike gear. While this is the first permanent team store location, fans should also be sure to check out the Shop 49ers Mobile Trailer in Justin Herman Plaza on weekdays in San Francisco.

At Saturday's grand opening event in Palo Alto, Gold Rush cheerleaders and Niner Noise will welcome fans as they arrive to Town & Country. Those fans who arrive early enough will receive a free rally towel, and all fans present can participate in a raffle for four tickets to Sundays game against the New York Giants.

The 49ers will be raffling free tickets to all remaining 49ers home games. Team store shoppers can enter the raffle by simply dropping by the store.

Other features of the team store include a New Santa Clara Stadium Interactive Preview Area, where prospective seat buyers can sit down in real stadium seats and test out potential sightline views from the available seating options.

To view the latest 49ers gear, visit the official online store of the San Francisco 49ers at www.shop49ers.com. Please follow all the latest 49ers news at www.49ers.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Town & Country Village is located at 855 El Camino Real in Palo Alto on the Northeast corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road, directly across the street from Palo Alto High School and Stanford Stadium.

Courtesy 49ers media services

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Michael Wilhoite has spent his whole five-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.

But now the free agent inside linebacker is reportedly switching sides in the NFC West rivalry. Wilhoite is set to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. 

Wilhoite, 30, played in all 16 games last season for the 49ers, starting in only six. In 2016 he recorded 55 tackles, 30 less than 2015 in four less games, and forced one fumble. 

After earning a promotion from the 49ers' practice squad in 2012, Wilhoite's career in the Bay Area comes to an end with 268 tackles and three interceptions in 65 games. 

NFL owners mull cutting regular-season OT to 10 minutes

NFL owners mull cutting regular-season OT to 10 minutes

NEW YORK -- NFL owners will consider proposals next week to cut regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10; eliminate players leaping over the line on kick plays; and expansion of coaches' challenges and what can be reviewed by officials.

In what promises to be a busy annual meeting next week in Phoenix that will include discussing the Raiders' potential relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the 32 owners also will vote on changing the mechanics on replay reviews and other items intended to reduce downtime during games.

The Eagles proposed four rules changes, including abolishing the leaping techniques that league football operations director Troy Vincent said Thursday "don't belong in the game."

Seattle and Buffalo co-authored a proposal allowing a coach to challenge any officiating decision, whether a foul is called or not.

"That is a significant change to our current replay rule and it is something that will be on the floor and will be debated next week," NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino said.

Another major change would be the reduction of overtime in-season; the extra period in the playoffs would remain at 15 minutes. The powerful competition committee, of which Vincent and Blandino are members, believed it's a player safety issue, noting that number of snaps for games going to OT - especially deep into the overtime - is excessive. Especially if a team has a quick turnaround.

"We don't know where a team is going to be playing the next week, it could be four days later," said committee chairman Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. "We felt we should put an end to it. We don't think it will lead to more ties. Could it? It could, but we are not concerned with that."

As for changing the format of overtime to ensure both teams always get a possession - a popular topic after how the Super Bowl ended - Blandino said the league's wants to keep the element of sudden death in the extra period.

The "leaper rule" has taken some priority among competition committee members, the players' union and coaches. Vincent said coaches have begun scheming how to defense it, which can "create a real safety issue."

"It is really in the best interest of the game" to outlaw leaping on kicks," Vincent added.

McKay noted that the NCAA is in the process of passing a similar ban on the technique.

During the meetings that run from Sunday to Wednesday, the teams will be shown plays the competition committee believes should result in suspensions or ejections. Game officials already have had the leeway to eject players, but it rarely has happened; there were three in 2016.

"They don't happen very often, let's give the players credit," McKay said. "We have 40,000 plays in a year. We'll show a tape that will have four or five plays that would warrant suspension. This is not a widespread situation."

Added Vincent, a former NFL defensive back: "When you see the plays, they are catastrophic. We had two players who did not return for the season. They are high-impact plays that belong out of the game. It will be a real point of emphasis this season."