The 49ers have already generated more than $1 billion in revenue from Levi's Stadium

The San Francisco 49ers closed down Candlestick Park in December and will open Levi's Stadium this fall. At a price tag of $1.3 billion, the move from San Francisco to Santa Clara represents a massive but necessary investment for the club and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority.

According to a report from the San Jose Mercury-News, though, the two entities should have no problem earning that money back.

Even though 30 percent of Candlestick Park season-ticket holders opted not to renew for the new building, the 49ers managed to sell out its entire 68,500 capacity. All that remains - for face value, anyway - are 1,500 standing-room tickets. That's more tickets than the New York Jets, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys managed to sell for the opening season of their new stadiums.

Each of those nearly 70,000 season-ticket holders will pay a seat license fee ranging from $2,000 to $80,000 - which generated $530 million in revenue, according to the paper. On top of that, the Niners will rake in more than $100 million in ticket sales (prices range from $850 to $3,750) annually.

In addition to those massive sums, San Francisco has collected more than $400 million in luxury suite sales, plus another $220 million from Levi's for naming rights to the stadium. 

Add it all up, and the new stadium has already earned $1.25 billion of that $1.3 billion loan. This is all two months before it even opens.

"It's a historic day," 49ers Chief Operating Officer Al Guido told the paper. "It's a testament to the fans and their passion. I think they were genuinely excited and blown away by the design and all the things that go into the stadium."

This is also before Levi's Stadium hosts the Pac-12 Championship game for the next three years and hosts Super Bowl 50 (don't you dare call it Super Bowl L) in February 2016.

Read the full report here.

Photo: First look at Notre Dame's new Under Armour cleats

At midnight, Notre Dame officially became the latest addition to Under Armour.

This morning, Ryan Grooms (the head of ND's equipment) revealed the new cleats that they've got to hand out to players to replace the Adidas kicks that they've worn the past several seasons.

This may be the best Nick Saban impression the internet has ever seen

Last August, NBC Sports had some fun with the idea of an American football coach (played by the hilarious Jason Sudeikis) coaching soccer over in England. What they were able to put together ended up being four minutes of solid sports related comedy that was a huge hit.

Well, along those same lines, after USA's recent World Cup loss to Germany, one sports fan decided it would be fun to act as if Nick Saban was the head coach of the US National team after the big loss. What transpired might be the best impression of coach Saban ever captured on film.

The guy nails it from the start with the running of his fingers through his hair in frustration along with some excellent hand gesturing, then he uses the word "process" a handful of times, and to cap it all off, the way he wraps up the mock interview couldn't be any better.

It's July 1, which means football season is about two months away, so sit back and enjoy this one.

(H/T Fox Sports for the video)


Video: Inside summer workouts at Penn State

Here's a nice look inside of the summer workouts at Penn State.

This well produced clip provides a great look at the sweat and hard work going into the summer session, and provides a great look at the new energy and approach that Dwight Galt (the director of performance enhancement) and his staff have carried into a vital part of the off season.

Tuesday update: The NFL has banned these 'non-standard' face masks

In January 2005, Chris Canty was involved in an altercation that left him with a detached retina. His eye was healed, but he had to wear this facemask as a precautionary measure:

His look evolved to become even grill-ier in his stint with the New York Giants...

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... and then the Baltimore Ravens:

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Though Canty wore it out of necessity, his look caught among teammates and around the league:

Face mask craze

Many players already had their facemasks struck down by the league, and now the NFL is apparently outlawing any non-standard masks without medical clearance:

The NFL already has a reputation as the No Fun League, so is this another case of the NFL being too, ahem, uniform with its uniforms and thereby striking down individual expression, or is it a necessary end to a fad that had run its course?

Tuesday morning update >>


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