Hey Mark Davis, leverage only works when it's believable

Hey Mark Davis, leverage only works when it's believable
July 29, 2014, 9:30 pm
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On the other hand, the 49ers aren’t for sale, but as it turns out, you are, by them.
Ray Ratto

Here are the teams that have shown a little leg to San Antonio over the years:

The Vikings.

The Chargers.

The Rams.

The Saints.

The Jaguars.

The Raiders.

Here are the teams that tried to have a relationship with San Antonio:

The Gunslingers (USFL).

The Riders (WLAF).

The Wings (WFL).

The Charros (AFA).

The Bulls (AFA).

The Matadors (SFL),

The Force (Arena).

The Steers (NIFL).

And here’s what San Antonio has left:

The Talons (Arena).

In other words, San Antonio has, in the parlance, been ridden hard and left to dry on its own plenty of times, which is what the Raiders are doing now. They have no more interest in moving to San Antonio than they do Santo Domingo, Santiago or Skopje. In other words, Mark, leverage only works when it’s believable.

Fortunately, San Antonio knows better than to fall for it. Besides, it would be too afraid of Gregg Popovich to even dress up for a football team.


File under “We’ll Be The Judge Of That, Badger Head:” Donald Trump told Fox News he doesn’t think he’ll win the bid to buy the Buffalo Bills because (and this is where you allowed skepticism) he’s “not going to do something totally stupid.”

“I would say the chances are very, very unlikely, because I'm not going to do something totally stupid,” Trump said. ”Maybe just a little bit stupid, but not totally stupid.”

Weirdly, though, a Trump bid doesn’t scare Buffalonians as much as Jon Bon Jovi and the Dancing Torontonians, whose claims he wants to buy the Bills and keep them in Buffalo are being widely discounted as a thing rich guys say when they don’t want you know what they actually will do. You know. A lie. Or, to quote Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed in New York Magazine, “F--- Bon Jovi! You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”


On the other hand, the 49ers aren’t for sale, but as it turns out, you are, by them. From Lauren Hepler of the Silicon Valley Business Journal:

“The 49ers unveiled a voluntary ‘fan engagement program’ called Faithful 49, where users rack up points by interacting with the team and its sponsors. With enticements like jersey discounts or tickets to sold-out games, fans can chase rewards by watching videos on 49ers.com or following a Niners sponsor on Twitter, for instance.

“Among the 7,990 words in the terms of service and privacy policy for the loyalty program, users find that the team reserves the right to share fan data ‘with our owners or any of our affiliates and with all other members of the NFL Family.’ The 49ers can use aggregated or anonymized data “for any reason at our sole discretion” — in line with common policies for companies that trade in Big Data. The privacy policy assures fans that “we respect your privacy and value your trust and confidence.” The team currently isn’t sharing any personal data with anyone, a 49ers spokesman said.

“Currently,” that is. Check back next Thursday. 


Bruce Allen, the general manager of the Washington Redskins, confirmed what most people thought a year ago – that Robert Griffin III came back too early. But this wasn’t a crime against Griffin, according to Allen, but a far more heinous act.

“What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football,” Allen said Tuesday. “It's impossible to ask a player to perform well during the regular season if you haven't practiced.”

And don’t we all hate to disrespect an inanimate thing/business?


Dunga, the new manager for the still-disgraced Brazilian national soccer team, knows his audience – or at least knows his audience isn’t American. In deciding to change the culture of the team, which was embarrassingly chased from its own World Cup, he swung a large scythe with a long handle.

“I would not have permitted them to dye their hair while with the national team at the World Cup,” Dunga fumed to the Brazilian paper Globo. “Do it before, or do it after, but not when you should be thinking about the World Cup.”

In other conformity news, he lashed out at Neymar’s NJR-branded caps that he wore during several press conferences at the World Cup. “Either you where a Brazil hat, or you don’t wear a hat at all.”

But here’s where he would have run afoul of corners of the twitterati: The crying of the players after Neymar’s injury.

“The message transmitted was: we have lost a soldier. But if you go to war you cannot be crying about the loss of one solider – you must give strength to the solider who takes his place. A crying scene like the match against Chile is negative in a world such as football. We are macho, sexist, and we have this idea that men do not cry.”

Yeah, that’ll play.


And finally, if you’re wondering how the NBA’s plan to introduce advertising to its jerseys, here’s news: Manchester United switched shirt sponsors from AON to Chevrolet, and went from $32 million a year (give or take) in take-back-to-the-accounting-folks pay to $80 million.

As if this matters, General Motors is closing down its Chevy operations in Europe – which, global name or no global name, is still where Manchester United plays.