Athletics Could Soon Receive Permission For Move

The Athletics will be granted permission to move to San Jose by February, top Major League sources tell Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter).  A's GM Billy Beane declined comment on the report according to Joe Stiglich of the Bay Area News Group (via Twitter).  However, Nightengale tweets that the A's have received private assurances from MLB about the impending approval but cannot speak about it publicly.

The A's have been said to be basing their spending decisions on the fate of the new stadium.  Getting a new ballpark would signal the club to go into an all-out rebuilding mode in order to field a competitive team for the new space.  If the A's didn't feel that they could get the new stadium that they seek, they likely would have increased spending in the short-term in order to make the franchise more attractive to a prospective owner.

Yesterday, Beane admitted that the club's recent moves were made with an eye on a brand new ballpark being in their future.  The club's recent trades involving Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez give the A's a fresh stock of prospects that should be able to help them win a few years down the road.

The Athletics will have to pay the Giants for territorial rights if they move to San Jose, but that amount has yet to be determined, Nightengale tweets.


129 Responses to Athletics Could Soon Receive Permission For Move Leave a Reply

  1. 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

    Let them move into that planned NFL stadium for LA

    beats whatever Oakland can offer.

    • Why would MLB want another team in LA? And in a football stadium too? Do you miss the 500 foot walls and fake grass?

      Truthfully, with all the tech firms and internet billionaires and the hour plus trip to San Francisco theres probably a better revenue base in San Jose than in the much larger LA.

    • Guest 4 years ago

      What are you talking about? They ARE leaving Oakland.

      • 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

        i know. my comment was a joke.

        chill out everyone

        • Guest 4 years ago

          If that was truly meant as a joke, you may want to give up on sarcasm.

        • John McFadin 4 years ago

          I really don’t see a joke and think you are covering for getting called out.

      • RFBleacher149 4 years ago

        Nothing is written in stone. Back in 1991, I remember hearing that the Giants ARE leaving San Francisco for St. Petersburg.

        • JohnnyC 4 years ago

          Russia?

        • annnnd they were saved by the A’s and their kind owners. Shame the Giants dont have that same kindness toward the A’s when the situations were reversed. Scumbags.

          • John McFadin 4 years ago

            A certain Justin Timberlake song comes into my head fr this post.

          • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

            is it di(k in a box 

          • letsgogiants 4 years ago

            Technically that is Lonely Island ft. Justin Timberlake  

          • letsgogiants 4 years ago

            Technically that is Lonely Island ft. Justin Timberlake  

        • cyberboo 4 years ago

          The Giants of San Francisco were also moving to Toronto in the seventies, but that never happened either, which enabled the Blue Jays to receive an expansion team.

  2. johnsilver 4 years ago

    This might be good… Just have to wonder if some slight of hand deal went on underneath the table with Selig and the Giants? Payout between the Giants and MLB in general to make up for supposed future loss of revenue in exchange for allowing Oakland to have some of their “turf”?

    Regardless, would have never thought the Giants had given permission and Selig is not of the spine to force his will upon anyone. Great news regardless on the face of it.

    • Seeing as the Giants had no legal rights whatsoever other than a handshake agreement from 1992 that was based on the Giants moving to SJ in the late 90s that didnt happen, the Giants dont deserve anything. Selig should have immediately crushed those fake “rights” the A’s gave the Giants 5 years ago. No court would side with them, because the whole scenario is illogical and not bound by any law.

      No pro sports team in America has “territorial rights”, other than the Giants and San Jose.

      • johnsilver 4 years ago

        Corporate worlds can work in strange ways is what have always thought of when teams move and television rights, not fan in seat.

        It is kind of like, say another CBS affiliate for example wanting to move close to another, thereby taking viewership from another and the SFG do get to keep a good portion of local broadcast without sharing.

        Yes.. I understand fully there was an agreement years ago between the 2, but things change in the business world over time for anyone who has been in that circle and if nothing is put on paper? Toss it out in the wind, nothing matters anyway.

        Why IMO there had (IMO)to be some kind of cash going to the SFG in order to make up for future “damages” to the Giants for lost local TV revenue.

      • Charley Thompson 4 years ago

        It wasn’t a handshake, it was a signed document. The A’s blew it by not having an expiratiion date. And your courts will do no good because baseball has an antitrusst exemption. If Selig had the power to move the team to San Jose he would have done it long ago. Selig want MLB to be in San Jose, that’s why he chose Wolfe to be the owner. Not bound by any law? Since when is a signed agreement not binding?

        • Guest 4 years ago

          So you’re saying that Bud Selig “chose” Lew Wolff to be the A’s owner (co-owner, actually) because he wants “MLB” (I’m assuming you mean the A’s) to be in San Jose, even though — according to you — Selig doesn’t have the power to move the team to San Jose, or else he would have done it long ago??

          How does that make any sense, whatsoever?

  3. Guest 4 years ago

    You mean we may finally have a time frame?!? About freaking time!!!

    • 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

      this isn’t anything official, what are you so excited about?

      • Guest 4 years ago

        Did I not use the word “may”? And why would there be any reason to doubt Nightengale’s reporting? If this wasn’t true, Beane probably would have told Joe Stiglich that “we’re still awaiting a decision, but remain optimistic that we’ll hear something soon,” just like the umpteen other times he’s been asked about the stadium situation over the past few weeks.

        Not to mention, *someone* would have refuted Nightengale’s report by now if they had any reason to doubt its validity. And no one has.

  4. RFBleacher149 4 years ago

    Horrible move. I go to San Jose State, and I all I ever see is Giants hats. How are they going to build a fanbase?

    • Guest 4 years ago

      Most of them are just fair weather followers. And keep in mind that the Giants drew poorly for a long time before they moved into AT&T Park. A new ballpark will definitely mean increased attendance and revenue for the A’s, as well.

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

      Wait, you go to San Jose State, but you can remember things that happened in 1991? 

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

      Wait, you go to San Jose State, but you can remember things that happened in 1991? 

      • gradylittle 4 years ago

        Hey not everyone suffers infantile amnesia. 

      • RFBleacher149 4 years ago

        Uhhh yeah, it’s called being a returning student in my late 20’s that was born in 1983, so try to find another way to try to impress people by seeming clever.

    • SarumanTheChef 4 years ago

      By being in San Jose with a competitive modern ballpark?

      • RFBleacher149 4 years ago

        Pirates and Padres fans would like to have a talk with you….

    • Robert Slye Jr. 4 years ago

      It’s kinda telling that no one at SJSU wears SJSU hats eh? I guarantee that if the A’s were 2 miles down the road from SJSU there would be A’s hats everywhere, just like everyone downtown is obsessed with the SJ Sharks.

      • RFBleacher149 4 years ago

        On the contrary, I see plenty of people wearing SJSU stuff, but you’d have to combine people wearing SJSU stuff and A’s stuff just to get three-fourths of the people I see walking around with 2010 World Series Champs shirts. You make a good point about the Sharks, but I honestly don’t see thousands of people jumping ship, especially since the Giants just won the title, and most fairweather Giants fans already root for the Yanks and Sox as their “back-up” team.

        • TheGrtBambino 4 years ago

          The fan base that would be gained would be the casual fan and that is what they are lacking now. The sf hats are everywhere because 90% of the state regularly broadcasts the giants game and the a’s get nothing. If the stadium is walking distance from state then you will see plenty more a’s hats. The clowns wearing the 2010 chip shirts are all bandwagon people anyways.

  5. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    as long as they just get a new freaking stadium already

  6. fitz 4 years ago

    Doesn’t matter. Horrible sports state.

  7. thekidfromyesterday 4 years ago

    San Jose Athletics or are they still in Oakland?

    • Guest 4 years ago

      It’s long been rumored that they’d become “The Oakland A’s of San Jose” if/when they moved there.

      • thegoldenone 4 years ago

        They were only to become “at” when moving to Fremont they would have been San Jose a’s at Fremont or silicon valley a’s at Fremont. Was at not of. They will be just San Jose Athletics.

        • Guest 4 years ago

          How sure are you of this?

          • StatsManSam 4 years ago

            I can vouch.  The entire point of moving to Fremont was to be as close to San Jose as
            they could without breaking the Giant’s territorial rights. The A’s owner Lew Wolff stopped just short of saying as much.  He thanked the Angels for doing the legal work of naming themselves after a city in another team’s territory while taking about the Fremont move. 

            Now that they are moving the team to San Jose, the city of San Jose is selling them the land at a discount, and you can bet your nose that they have no intention of doing this to get a team named after another city.

    • thekidfromyesterday 4 years ago

      Following the Angels if that happens

    • I can’t seem to find any information about the name change, San Jose A’s sounds terrible, They should keep Oakland..

    • I would support The California A’s too, the Angels had it right and were far less hate-able when they had that name.

  8. This is nice piece of xmas news! Keeping the A’s in the Bay is better than them moving to Portland/Vegas/San Antonio etc. I can live with this, if they left I’d give up being a fan of baseball. A move to the wealthy SJ area, an area thats shown the Sharks so much love and support, is so great, the A’s would immediately become suitors to any big name FA and would finally become successful again. 

  9. Eugene_in_Oregon 4 years ago

    This is probably good for baseball.  The A’s have moved from a big market (Philadelphia) to a smaller market (KC) to an even smaller, poorer market (Oakland).  Now let’s hope that given a bigger, wealthier market they can again prosper.

    • MetsMagic 4 years ago

      When the A’s were in Philadelphia and KC, there were no small markets or big markets…

      • johnsilver 4 years ago


        When the A’s were in Philadelphia and KC, there were no small markets or big markets..”

        Had to add this…

        They were moved by 2 notorious skin flints in Connie Mack and Charlie “O”, then those people won all the WC’s also unless go back to the turn of the century and the steroid, late 80’s era of Canseco and McGuire.

        Greener pastures are ahead if they are moving. Just hope the ghost of Charlie O’s mule does not go along with them.

        • Robert Slye Jr. 4 years ago

          McGwire … no one seems to be able to spell his name…

    • Charley Thompson 4 years ago

      The A’s play in the fifth largest market in the US. That small market talk is a myth.

      • Guest 4 years ago

        Why do so many A’s haters insist on crying foul when anyone DARES call them a small market team? No, they’re not technically located in a small market. Most people are aware of that. But they ARE a low revenue team, and they ARE a small budget team. So what’s the harm in people referring to them as a small market team, when they do, in fact, have to operate like one?

  10. jwsox 4 years ago

    Never understood the anger the giants had against the move… San Jose is an hours drive, give or take more or less time with traffic, south of San fransisco. Where as Oakland can be seen from San Fran, it is a 5 minute boat ride and a 20 minute drive. This could actually help the giants by making the closest MLB team now even further away.

    • thegoldenone 4 years ago

      Giant’s are hoping to drive the A’s out of the bay area all together.

    • ibleedorangeandblack 4 years ago

      the “anger” is due to the giants high A team, the San Jose Giants. they’re worried about the A’s taking away all the san jose fan base. i dont think the giants are throwing a hissy fit just for funsies…to my knowledge. hope i helped.

      • StatsManSam 4 years ago

        I live in San Jose and I can tell you it has NOTHING to do with the SJ Giants.  The Giants don’t care at all about the SJ Giants.  The city of San Jose begged the SF Giants for years to help renovate the San Jose municipal stadium where the SJ Giants play.  The SF Giants told the city to shove their problems where the sun don’t shine.

        Finally, when the A’s seriously looked like they might move to San Jose, the SF giants bought a controlling stake in the SJ Giants and cried foul that San Jose was the heart of their territory (SF be damned evidently).  Believe me when I say the SF Giants only see the SJ Giants as a negotiating chip and nothing else. 

        There is no rule that says the SJ Giants and the San Jose A’s can’t exist in the same city.  The SF Giants are just using them to extract franchise and moving $$$ from the MLB, or trick owners into thinking San Jose really is more important to them then San Francisco.  Once this is over, the SF Giants will sell their stake in the team and go back to not caring.

  11. rainyperez 4 years ago

    Maybe Giants get some $$$ for an increase payroll if there is money considerations. Probably a 0.0000000009% chance this happens but if payout is good would they consider Fielder for 5 or 6 years? 

    • bayareabeast 4 years ago

      you already answered your question

    • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

      What, are you expecting the comp to be 100 million dollars or something?

  12. pmc765 4 years ago

    Don’t count on Bud the Doofus! He’s been sitting on this for years while the A’s franchise withers.

    A decisive leader he isn’t. His 8 figure salary is an outrage.

    • thegoldenone 4 years ago

      Only like 1010 days since he started the blue ribbon committee .. Ugh

  13. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    Unrelated to baseball, but merry Christmas to the fellow commenters, and to the writers at MLBTR.

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      Ditto. Let’s just hope that Tim makes at least one guy work on Christmas so I can check the site between the festivities.

      • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

        maybe they could just keep reposting how so many mystery teams are interested in seth smith 

    • melonis_rex 4 years ago

      Ditto! 

    • melonis_rex 4 years ago

      Ditto! 

  14. Beyond_Max_Power 4 years ago

    Why would the A’s have to pay San Fran when they are moving from 14-15 miles away currently, to ~50 miles away?  Does that make any sense to anyone?  I would think SF would be happy to have a team from across the bay move out of their immediate territory.  I have never understood how a city with that population could support two teams (and they haven’t).  At least this way you have some distance between the two teams.   

    • It only makes sense to the evil Giants, who took the A’s owners kindness and turned it on them and refused to extend the same kind hand when the A’s needed the EXACT same help some 20 years later. Holding onto “rights” that were given in order to keep the Giants in the Bay Area, so the Giants could eliminate the A’s from the Bay Area, is disgusting. The Giants should be laughed out of any court if they chose to sue over this.

      Not to mention the A’s in SJ would make them further away and the Giants could set up a fanbase in Oakland when the A’s move. Most SF residents who were in SF when they won the WS are moving to Oakland anyway because the rents are going up.

      • bayareabeast 4 years ago

        hahah wow

        • Truth hurts bro. I used to like the giants until they got their new park and used the SF media (mostly Ratto) to openly turn the public against the A’s to the point where they wanted them out of the Bay. Neukom is an outright scumbag.

          • bayareabeast 4 years ago

            honestly doesnt hurt me at all..too bad you switched, good luck with your future decisions.

          • ibleedorangeandblack 4 years ago

            the problem lies with the giants high A team, the San Jose Giants. they’re worried about the A’s taking away all the san jose fan base. i dont think the giants are throwing a hissy fit just for funsies…to my knowledge…in my opinion

          • StatsManSam 4 years ago

            Not true.  See my other post for full details, but the City of San Jose asked the Giants multiple times for funds to renovate the aging facilities the SJ Giants play in and were told to take a hike.

            Two years ago, only when it started looking likely the A’s would go to San Jose, did the SF Giants buy a controlling stake in the SJ Giants and make any renovations.

            The meager value of the SJ Giants is dwarfed by the franchise value increase to the Giants if the A’s leave the bay area.  The Giants would be on a level only the Yankees and Red Sox achieved.

            This is all about the SF Giants doing what is best for for their bottom line at the expense of what is best for baseball.  The second this is over, no matter the outcome, they will sell their stake in the SJ Giants and go back to barely caring about their high A team–just like every other team in baseball.

    • It only makes sense to the evil Giants, who took the A’s owners kindness and turned it on them and refused to extend the same kind hand when the A’s needed the EXACT same help some 20 years later. Holding onto “rights” that were given in order to keep the Giants in the Bay Area, so the Giants could eliminate the A’s from the Bay Area, is disgusting. The Giants should be laughed out of any court if they chose to sue over this.

      Not to mention the A’s in SJ would make them further away and the Giants could set up a fanbase in Oakland when the A’s move. Most SF residents who were in SF when they won the WS are moving to Oakland anyway because the rents are going up.

    • Charley Thompson 4 years ago

      The San Jose A’s will siphon off ad dollars and ticket sales from the corporations that supported the Giants. With the A’s in San Jose, it will be harder for the Giants to make money from the businesses in Sillicone Valley.

      • StatsManSam 4 years ago

        The dirty little secret that the Giants don’t want anyone to know about is the Giants are doing an awful job of tapping Silicon Valley Businesses.  A couple years ago a group of Silicon Valley business, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), wrote a letter to the MLB requesting that the territorial rights of the Giants be waived and the A’s allowed to move to San Jose.  The SVLG, according to their website, account for 25% of all private sector jobs in the Sillicon Valley region.  Almost none of these companies however, currently advertise for the Giants.

        The Giant’s have done an awful job taping Silicon Valley because they play in a city 75 minute drive from the region.  Baseball knows this, and it’s one of the many reasons the A’s are being seriously considered for this move.  In order to tap these companies, you need a team in the region WHERE they do business, not a 2.5 hour round trip away. 

        The added revenues to baseball from ACTUALLY tapping the wealth in this region will more then make up for the small amount of revenue the Giants will loose from another team moving there.  Besides, if the SF Giants really believed–like they claim–that there is enough business revenue in Oakland for the A’s to survive, then they should have no problems stepping in and making up for their losses when the A’s move 40 miles south.

  15. ric7744 4 years ago

    About time some news comes out. Oakland had its chance to get something done and they didn’t do it.

  16. ric7744 4 years ago

    About time a decision comes on the stadium issue. Oakland had its chance and they were not going to get anything done. San Jose is still in the Bay Area and that is all that matters is that they won’t be leaving the Bay and they will not be playing in a crap hole anymore.

  17. ric7744 4 years ago

    About time a decision comes on the stadium issue. Oakland had its chance and they were not going to get anything done. San Jose is still in the Bay Area and that is all that matters is that they won’t be leaving the Bay and they will not be playing in a crap hole anymore.

  18. Edgar4evar 4 years ago

    Oakland and the A’s deserve one another.

  19. melonis_rex 4 years ago

    YES YES YES. 

    FINALLY. 

  20. Mike Nicolich 4 years ago

    Give it up for Pete!  He is bringing it strong.  As an A’s fan too this move is long overdue.  Happy that a new stadium and revenue may finally give them a real shot at staying relevant.  The Angels and Rangers have enormous payrolls and while the San Jose A’s may not be that high it should be enough to compete with.

  21. Human Leaving 4 years ago

    Long live the San JosA’s!!!

  22. OaklandFan22 4 years ago

    Thank you!

  23. SarumanTheChef 4 years ago

    As far as the name, Silicon Valley Athletics might roll off the tongue (and luxury box   receipt) a little better than ‘San Jose’ 

    • RFBleacher149 4 years ago

      If you’re going to use the stupid Silicon Valley monkier, you may as change the team name to the Motherboards or, keeping in line with being called the A’s, the CEO’s.

  24. mgsports 4 years ago

    Orlando All-Stars?
    Hawaii Beachers?
    San Jose Sharks?
    Las Vegas Casino’s?
    Monterrey Mexican’s?

  25. Then . . . the Giants could move their AAA club to Oakland so that their players would only have to cross a bridge to be called up or down — of which will be happening a great deal with the rise of the D-Backs and new owners in L.A.

  26. Tko11 4 years ago

    Soo dumb why not move them to North Carolina?? More people there and they wouldnt have to compete with anyone for the market….

  27. StatsManSam 4 years ago

    The
    Giant’s ex-managing partner Bill Nukem, is a high powered attorney who has
    argued in front of the supreme court.  The planned this strategy because
    it maximizes profits for the Giants.  Pretty much no matter what happens
    the Giants win.

    If the A’s get their ideal outcome and the Giants end up sharing the Bay Area
    with no compensation, the Giants win because their closest competition moves 40
    miles south.

    If the bay area becomes shared and the A’s move 40 miles south, but the Giants
    scare the other owners with their strong arm tactics then they get a bigger pay
    day then they might have if they had been complaint.

    If the Giant’s win the jackpot and their strong arm tactics force the A’s to
    leave NorCal, then the Giants will have the largest solo baseball market in the
    US.

    The downside is you are committing political suicide and screaming to 29 other
    owners, “I don’t give a #$%& about baseball or you, just my bottom
    line!”  This attitude likely cost Bill Nukem his job.

  28. Chioakcisco 4 years ago

    I still don’t think the A’s will catch on in SJ. I’m from the Bay Area and all I see in SJ is Giants apparel. If they moved to Jack London Square, it would be in the best interest of everyone.

  29. corey23 3 years ago

    So i’ll be expecting an answer to this by the end of the day, kthx

  30. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Hey. Not all Dodger fans are bad. There’s just a larger group of them, so there are more fake fans. I know plenty of die-hard Dodger fans.

  31. Joey E 4 years ago

    dodgers always have a good crowd. constantly top 3 in attendance when the team was bad in the 90’s for instance. heck, this was the first year EVER that the Angels out drew the Dodgers. even when the Angels were WS winners, even when they had better teams. this year was bad because the fans were boycotting mccourt

  32. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    New York is larger.

  33. PileOfSandwich 4 years ago

    Like the NY Jets and Giants?

  34. No, the very best and coolest move would be to the Jack London Sq area or to the shoreline, no matter how much caps you use, you cant say the A’s park and the Giants park BEING IN VIEW OF EACH OTHER is the coolest possible thing that could happen. It is. That would be the coolest thing in MLB stadiums. But SJ would also be cool.

  35. RepOak 4 years ago

    Oakland does not suck and it’s not 50 miles away, what are you talking about!

  36. Guest 4 years ago

    Yeah. I mean, even though the A’s gave the Giants those territorial rights free of charge in the 90’s, they should CLEARLY be forced to pay a ton of money to have the favor returned.

  37. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    I think there were so many fans going to protest against McCourt, by the time they got through the traffic it was already the 7th inning. 

  38. corey23 4 years ago

    They are in view of eachother right now. If you ever watched either team you’d know that

  39. corey23 4 years ago

    They are in view of eachother right now. If you ever watched either team you’d know that

  40. melonis_rex 4 years ago

    WIN. 

  41. sonofsnake 4 years ago

    Gross

  42. sonofsnake 4 years ago

    Gross

  43. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    Just for you buddy:

  44. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    Why did the A’s do that? And still, it’s the Giants right to keep them if they want them. If I gave you a TV for Christmas and a month later, decided I wanted it for myself, would you just hand it over to me for free?

  45. I think a better analogy would be your TV broke and you were out of a job and didn’t have a TV, so I gave you one of my two.  Then a few years later, you are doing great at work and have since added 2 other TVs and mine is now broken and I don’t have one.  Maybe you aren’t obligated to give me the one I gave you a few years before, but it would be real nice if you did. 

  46. Guest 4 years ago

    Obviously they’re not *obligated* to return the rights for free. DUH! But it’s nothing short of a disgrace that the A’s did the Giants a major (and selfless) favor when they were in bad shape, and now that the shoe is on the other foot, the Giants aren’t even willing to *sell* the A’s back the rights.

    And to be frank, I don’t necessarily *mind* that the A’s are gonna have to pay to get those rights returned. It’s not my money they’re gonna be paying them with, so the owners can drain their own personal bank accounts on it for all I really care.

    What hacks me off is that the Giants are refusing to even *sell* the rights back. The A’s could be left to rot in their current stadium for another decade, for all the Giants care. MLB is having to make this happen via a 2/3 majority vote from team owners. And it *never* should have come to that.

  47. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    The Giants and A’s are two seperate franchises that are looking to make money. The A’s shouldn’t have given them the entire city of San Jose without being paid. But they did. So the Giants have the right to do what they want with it. If that involves selling it back, then so be it.

  48. thegoldenone 4 years ago

    A’s are paying fully for the stadium. Only thing San Jose is doing is selling the land at a good price. It’s the best deal any city will have ever gotten.

  49. im assuming you’re drunk

  50. Guest 4 years ago

    That would be the best team name ever.

  51. Charley Thompson 4 years ago

    No where near the deal San Francisco got when AT&T was built.

  52. Guest 4 years ago

    You’re still completely missing the point.

  53. Guest 4 years ago

    worst analogy ever

  54. Guest 4 years ago

    Oh, they’ll be doing a lot of winning once they get out of that decrepit Coliseum. Of that I have little doubt.

  55. David Meade 4 years ago

    Forget fairness.  The A’ and Giants can throw rocks at each other’s stadiums right now.  It makes no sense for the A’s to compensate the Giants if they move from Oakland to San Jose.  Anywhere else and I could see the point, but they already live on top of each other.  I guess I’m too poor to see the millionare logic of this.

  56. Robert Slye Jr. 4 years ago

    Time for a geography lesson: Yes San Jose is 40 miles south of Oakland… I kind of agree it would be stupid to keep the Oakland name at that distance.

  57. Guest 4 years ago

    Do you actually *try* to get your facts wrong? Because 90% of what you wrote is either completely and utterly false, or just your opinion.

  58. ACMilan 4 years ago

    It seems that I have to actually educate you on the economics of baseball…
    Yes, the primary source of revenue is through the television contact; bravo for being one of the few people who actually know this.
    However, recognize that the Athletics, under the proposed relocation, OWN their stadium.  Owning the stadium enables the franchise the ability to generate revenue through not only gate sales, but concession sales, sponsorship, and corporate suites.  Make sure to read the revenue sharing contract, as corporate suites are excluded from the total amount calculated of allotted income for revenue sharing.

    If you understand anything about revenue streams, you’ll also know that having a controlled revenue stream, along with other forms of revenue, equals more profit.  Yes, they may make a profit of $20M per year…frankly, that’s incredibly low for a business that size.

    Please learn business, economics, microeconomics, financial valuations, and market conditions before opining in the future.

  59. Guest 4 years ago

    There you go again with nothing to offer but insults, half-baked theories, opinions that you call “facts,” and flat-out lies.

    Unreal.

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