(Last Updated On: August 15, 2018)

The San Francisco 49ers took a rent arbitration legal loss to their Levi’s Stadium landlord, the City of Santa Clara, and turned it into a self-inflicted wound: an emotional and embarrassing disaster for the team.

The catastrophe started when the San Francisco 49ers challenged their rent and sought to cut $180 million off their 40 year lease at Levi’s Stadium. The City of Santa Clara battled back and after two years of legal arbitration the City won the $180 million, plus an additional $262,000 annually, for a total of $190 million over the term of the lease.

Here is the simple story from this blogger’s perspective: the City wins, the San Francisco 49ers lose.

But instead of making a public statement to the effect that the ‘49ers will work with the City and the move forward together,’ team management made an emotional and angry response (according to the Santa Clara News Online), sending out a statement from San Francisco 49ers Vice President of Public Affairs Rahul Chandhok that attacked the City and its Mayor Lisa Gillmor that read in part, “It’s exactly this deceptive approach, her lack of transparency, and fuzzy math that make Mayor Gillmor distrustful.” (Which is an interesting twist on what Lisa Gillmor said about the 49ers contributing to a climate of mistrust when she became Mayor of Santa Clara in 2016.)

What fuzzy math? The 49ers lost its Levi’s Stadium rent arbitration, plain and simple.

Then, much like President Donald Trump, Chandhok doubled-down on his ill-conceived remark, saying, “Mayor Lisa Gillmor will always put her interests before those of everyday Santa Clarans. The stadium lease is a matter of public record. Attempting to give it new life in the media is a distraction tactic to avoid questions of her use of public funds for spin doctor Sam Singer.”

Fascinating (but unsuccessful) diversion tactic: Attack the public relations consultant for the city, Sam Singer. Surely, Singer must be responsible for the team losing the legal arbitration. Unfortunately for Mr. Chandhok, Singer had nothing to with the 49ers loss except issuing the City’s press releases.

The 49ers use to have the moniker “winning with class.” Right now, the Niners hold the title of “losing with crassness.”

The 49ers have about 40 years on their lease with Santa Clara. The team needs to start realizing that the city is their partner, not their enemy. In this blogger’s view, it’s time for the Niners to be aware that their approach can be seen as trying to bully women leaders (the city council is dominated by women and has a woman as its city manager) and start respecting both the city and in particular its female leadership, particularly in the wake of recent history in Santa Clara politics.

Stay tuned.


By Zennie Abraham

Zennie Abraham is Zennie62Media, Inc. CEO AKA Zenophon Abraham Zennie62 YouTube Channel,, zenni, zenni glasses, optical, eyewear, Oakland vlogger, Oakland News Now Today Blog – SF Bay Area Daily, WordPress user, full stack developer, online reputation management digital marketing expert, SEO, digital media guy, economic development , personal online content , management reputation services, east bay democratic club follower, super car stats dude, CES Las Vegas, tech news blog,,,, Oakland Post,, Oakland restaurant foodie fan, Oakland Mayor's Office - Oakland City Council veteran, NBA Blogger, NFL Blogger, Pro Sports Blogger,, Super Bowl Bid Expert, Skyline High School Oakland grad, Texas-Arlington Alum, UC Berkeley DCRP Alum, Cal Alumni Board of Directors Alum, Oakland Raiders, The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Party, New York 21 Club, Las Vegas Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, NFL, NFL Draft Draftnik, Roger Goodell, Adam Silver NBA, media blogger, social media pioneer, college football news, coder, football strategy junkie, Oakland elections news, Maria Ayerdi Kaplan, Salesforce Transit Center, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Councilmember Noel Gallo, Sheng Thao, Rebecca Kaplan, Ben Bartlett Berkeley, Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker, Treva Reid, Amy Cooper, Chris Cooper, Barack Obama, Darrell Williams, Chicago, International Terminal Solutions, Sanpete County Utah, John Siegel, Autumn Wind Lending, LLC, Flowsent, Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, OBOT, Las Vegas visitor, YouTube Partner, friend of Mike Silver, Leslie Silver, Pass It Down podcast, Phil Tagami, Phil Gates, Nancy Sidebotham, Henry Gardner, Davey D Cook, Ray Bobbitt, Bill Duffy, Robert Bobb, Alan Dones, Loop Capital, Shaun Tai BRIDGEGOOD, Robert G Schock, Barbara Schaaf, Marc Canter, Patricia Yerger Mom, Harrison Chestang, KPOO, Gary Schapiro, Zenophon Abraham Sr. Dad, member, Vloggercon attendee, The Alley Cat Bar regular, Grand Lake Theater marquee fan, United Airlines flier, Walt Disney World lover, System Dynamics consultant, Eddie Van Halen, Run DMC, Rolling Stones, Old School Rap fan, Star Trek Trekker, movies buff, San Diego Comic Con Press regular, female bodybuilder fan, Wonder Woman, melissa benoist, Supergirl, Singer Associates, Spritz Marketing SF, Oakland and San Francisco Planning follower, Atlanta Georgia, Atlanta Falcons, Fayette County, Fayetteville observer, wish Tibor Lacey would stop playing with my name, Zennie62 YouTube Partner, Hollywood, Oakland California blogger / vlogger hire @Zennie62Media, Inc to tell your story.


Oakland News Now Today Blog – SF Bay Area Daily Recent Blog Posts

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!