San Francisco 49ers Co-chairman John York is currently on a media tour through the United Kingdom to promote the team’s game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 27. In what has become a yearly tradition for the NFL playing games across the pond in London, the Niners will be playing their second game in franchise history at Wembley Stadium this season.
In an interview on his promotional tour for the NFL, York was asked if the 49ers would ever consider buying a Premier League team. While he did not say the team would be buying a team soon, he did not flat out reject the possibility. He said,
I don’t know that we would not. We have not done so thus far, but it could be an interesting opportunity. I think it depends on the individuals and the opportunities that exist. I’m sure that there will be other people [NFL owners] interested in the Premier League franchises if they are ever available. There are tremendous opportunities, it is a great sport and has a broader attention than American Football does outside of the United States.
In case you don’t know, the Premier League is the UK’s
football soccer version of the MLS. In case you don’t know what the MLS is…well, never mind.
York also went on to say in the interview the team is fully focused on opening the Niners new $1.2 billion stadium. So any possibility of the team buying a Premier League franchise is a long way away, if it even happens at all.