How Santa Clara's 49ers honeymoon turned into a poisoned relationship between team and town

Sep 5, 2021

More than a decade ago, before they became adversaries in the most contentious team-city relationship in professional sports, Jed York and Lisa Gillmor were allies in the campaign to build an NFL stadium in Santa Clara.

What started with hopes of a civil partnership, producing revenue streams to enrich both the city and 49ers, has dissolved into a series of endless conflicts. At the heart of the fractured relationship are bitter charges and countercharges of financial improprieties, broken promises and allegations of illegal activity over operation of the stadium.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle