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December 14, 2007
49ers introduce Dolich as COO

Just got off the conference call with John and Jed York, who introduced Andy Dolich as their new chief operating officer. Dolich is still under contract with the Memphis Grizzlies but will end that job and be in Northern California by the new year.
Before the Q & A session began, spokeswoman Lisa Lang said that the call wasn't for questions about the football season or about the stadium issues. John York on two occassions said that football-related decisions, such as the possible hiring of a GM, would be made at the end of the season.
York also addressed a report earlier in the day that he would step aside so that son, Jed, could take over the day-to-day operations of the team. "I'm not sure where that rumor started but there's no truth to that," John York said.
As far as Dolich, he will run all the business operations of the team. Everyone on the non-football side of the franchise, including CFO Larry MacNeil and Lang will report to him.
He also will work with Jed York and MacNeil on the new stadium. Dolich has experience in building the Coliseum in Oakland as well as the new $250 million basketball arena in Memphis. A new 49ers' stadium, however, will prove to be far thornier. There already have been several snags in the team's plans to build the new structure in Santa Clara and the city is expected to issue a report on a possible hotel tax increase later today. John York did say that the timeline remains the same. The team hopes to complete the new stadium by 2012.
-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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