Friday, December 18, 2009

San Francisco Intervenes in Oakland A’s Battle

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 9:53 AM

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera hinted yesterday that he might file suit to stop the Oakland A’s planned move to San Jose, according to the Chron and the Mercury News. In a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Herrera argued that an A’s move would harm the San Francisco Giants financially, and thus would harm the City of San Francisco. The letter and apparent lawsuit threat are sure to further complicate the A's plans.

The Giants also strongly oppose the A’s planned relocation to San Jose because they own the territorial rights to the South Bay and say the A’s infringement of those rights will severely affect their bottom line. The Giants depend heavily on South Bay ticket buyers and corporate luxury box owners. In addition, the City of Oakland has worked quietly over the past several months to keep the A’s by pushing two new ballpark sites in Jack London Square.

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