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Policy resigns as 49ers president
Posted: Wednesday July 22, 1998 02:20 AM
ATLANTA (CNN/SI) -- San Francisco 49ers president Carmen Policy has resigned from the organization, CNN/SI has learned.
According to Sports Illustrated senior writer Michael Silver, the rift between Policy and Edward DeBartolo had grown too big, and Policy could not work for him anymore. The two have not talked since the Super Bowl in January.
Policy informed NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue of the move over the weekend.
Policy resigned in person to Edward DeBartolo's sister, Marie Denise DeBartolo York, who controls the team as chairman of the 49ers while her brother deals with his legal problems.
DeBartolo surrendered control of the franchise to his sister in December after a gambling license he obtained in Louisiana became a target of a federal investigation.
DeBartolo Entertainment and Hollywood Casino were partners in an effort to build a $194 million shopping, entertainment and gambling development in Bossier City, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge.
DeBartolo is looking for a replacement, one likely candidate is Bill Walsh.
Policy is in Cleveland, where he will meet with Al Lerner, who has an interest in the Cleveland Browns expansion franchise.
DeBartolo's legal situation may be cleared up soon. In the meantime, his sister still controls the football team. A settlement to put Edward back in charge may come soon.
Policy had been running the team's day-to-day operations while York has been in charge.
Policy joined the 49ers' front office in 1983 as vice president and legal counsel. He was promoted to executive vice president and legal counsel in 1989 and has been involved in all legal and business matters since then.
He became the 49ers president in 1991 and quickly gained a reputation as a master of the salary cap for his ability to fit high-caliber players under the team's salary structure.
Since 1989, Policy's 49ers have won eight division titles and two Super Bowl titles, the latest being 1995, when he was named NFL Executive of the Year by both The Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly.
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