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49ers Officially Moving to Arizona After Santa Clara Bans Football

We’ve seen this coming for a couple days now, but the San Francisco 49ers officially announced today that they will be moving to Arizona for at least the next few weeks after Santa Clara County in California banned contact sports through December 21st over COVID-19 precautions (via Ian Rapoport):

Each of these new stories doesn’t really surprise us anymore. We’ve become numb to them. It’s a pretty big deal, though. Think of the human element. The 49ers players and coaches have to pack up and move at the drop of the hat, potentially leaving their families behind for a month.

We don’t know what Stanford football is going to do yet. Jon Wilner, who is as plugged into the Pac-12 as anyone, tweeted this morning:

Imagine being told a year ago that the 49ers and Stanford would have to move in order to finish their seasons.

Update: Wilner adds that Stanford will indeed be moving out of state as well:

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Has any NFL player died from Covid yet? Even been hospitalized? Any coach? How about college, high school football….anyone? The point is….it doesn’t matter. There are other forces and agendas at work here. Ever since last April all I think when Covid is discussed is “Dry Run”.

  2. Cali is so good at shooting themselves in the foot, smh. A radically over-taxed, over-spent state kicking out 25+ of the richest people left who haven’t fled Californistan yet. That means California doesn’t get taxes on 2 or more game checks from these players. On the positive side, I’m sure the players are saving some chickens!

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