Thursday, May 17, 2012

A’s Planned Move to San Jose Looks Dead

By Robert Gammon
Thu, May 17, 2012 at 11:43 AM

The proposal by Oakland A’s owners Lew Wolff and John Fisher to move the team to San Jose looks like it’s officially dead. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said there was no timetable for when the league would even consider the A’s proposal. He also said that the A’s are nowhere close to reaching a required deal with the San Francisco Giants to move to the South Bay. The Giants, which own the territorial rights to the South Bay, have blocked the A’s efforts to move to San Jose.

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Selig also indicated that the A’s would have to leave Northern California if they want to move out of the East Bay. Wolff and Fisher have said that they have no interest in keeping the team in Oakland. However, pressure has been mounting for Wolff and Fisher to sell the A’s to an ownership group that will keep the team here.

Selig said that both the A’s and the Giants made presentations yesterday to Major League Baseball’s executive committee. Based on Selig’s comments, it seems clear that the Giants’ presentation was more persuasive and that the rest of the league has no intention of overruling the Giants’ opposition to the A’s move. The Giants have said that the financial stability of their ballclub, which must pay each year the debt the team took on to build the privately financed AT&T Park, depends heavily on keeping the territorial rights to the South Bay. And other owners appear unlikely to upset that financial balance — or to go against the wishes of a team that's trying to keep another ballclub from infringing on its territory.

Update noon: KCBS news reporter Doug Sovern just tweeted: "A's-to-San Jose booster Larry Stone tells KCBS he interprets Selig's comments to mean the A's move to SJ is dead & no longer an option. ... Stone believes this means the A's will now explore leaving the Bay Area, and aren't likely to embrace any of the proposed Oakland sites."

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