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13 Jan 2010

What happened with Andy Dolich?

Author: AnnKillion | Filed under: Uncategorized

Haven’t had time today to delve into the departure of Andy Dolich from the 49ers, but – at least on the surface – it looks like bad news.

Dolich joined the 49ers two years ago and brought instant credibility to a really screwed up marketing and public relations entity. Dolich is personable, well-connected. And – more importantly, when it comes to the Yorks and their operation – he’s a man who actually gets things done. His hiring was lauded as extremely smart and was one of the signs in the past couple of years that perhaps the 49ers were turning things around and headed on the right track.

Now he’s out. ┬áThe word is the 49ers wanted to eliminate that position (odd in an organization that is overloaded with bureaucracy) but it really sounds like they wanted to eliminate Andy. (Though the Press Democrat says he’ll stay on for awhile as an advisor).

Why?

Dolich was instrumental in grooming Young Jed to take over as the acting owner, polishing him up for media consumption and helping him to avoid the missteps that doomed his parental units. But Dolich was more than just a mentor. He was an important public voice for the team.

This move will almost certainly come back to the 49ers achilles heel – their inability to get real traction on their new stadium. The fact that Dolich may have viewed the Bay Area landscape with a more realistic eye than the rest of the folks inside 4949 Centennial Blvd. could have been a stumbling block.

But getting the stadium through without a credible presence like Dolich is going to be a heck of a lot tougher. As I said up top, the 49ers marketing and p.r. arms have been largely a Keystone Cops type of operation, without credibility or legitimacy. Now the best thing it had going is gone, for whatever reason.

4 Responses to “What happened with Andy Dolich?”

  1. This may be here nor there but Santa Clara is a nice little town. They haven’t been able to make a go of the Franklin Mall in ‘downtown’ Santa Clara for almost 50 years. This somewhat larger project seems to be a bit out of their league. This is something that Andy might pick up on and that the Yorks don’t want to hear. Go back to Newsom, pretend the pissing contest never occured. Guaranteed he’ll do the same and the real work of finding a workable stadium plan can get started.

  2. mike rowe says:
  3. DOLICH WAS, AND IS A CLASS GUY. ANYONE WHO KNOWS THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS WANTS HIM AROUND IN SOME CAPACITY.

    IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE TO FIND ANDY, PLEASE POST HIS CONTACT INFORMATION. THERES PLENTY OF WORK FOR HIM ON THE EAST COAST.

  4. Ann, JIm Corder here. I haven’t talked with Andy Dolich for quite awhile, but have something really good for him. I know that he left the Niners & started Dolich & Associates, in Los Altos , but can’t find a number to reach him. It is important that I get ahold of him right away, for a timely matter, I can’t discuss yet, but if you can get me his contact number, preferably phone, I will give you an exclusive on the project should it come to light.
    thanks, Jim Corder 510-302-9000.

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