Selig Prioritizing A’s Stadium Resolution

Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News writes that commissioner Bud Selig, who was recently extended through 2014, has placed the A's and their pursuit of a new stadium and a move to San Jose on the front burner.

The special committee Selig put together to examine the dilemma has delivered a "comprehensive" report but has yet to be presented to all 30 owners. Still, Selig says they're "proceeding at a rather quick pace" and seemed to agree to the suggested analogy that if the stadium issue were a baserunner, he'd be on third base.

Standing in the way of the transition is that the Giants claim San Jose — part of Santa Clara County — as part of their territory. The Giants have supported an organziation called Stand For San Jose that has protested the building of a stadium in downtown San Jose. The Giants' territorial claim can be overturned by a 75 percent vote from MLB owners.

The Giants could fight back by supporting an anti-ballpark campaign in San Jose, where a special ballot referendum (partially financed by MLB) would need to pass, or perhaps even by persuading one of their sponsors to sue MLB (the Giants cannot sue MLB themselves). There's also nothing preventing the Giants from filing a lawsuit against the city of San Jose itself.

As Purdy points out, if the Giants were to file any lawsuit, we'd see "the awkward situation of one MLB franchise spending money to defeat a project supported by another MLB franchise in an election partially paid for by MLB itself."

A's owner Lew Wolff said he's "delighted" to hear that Selig is prioritizing the situation and that MLB is moving toward a decision.


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64 Comments on "Selig Prioritizing A’s Stadium Resolution"


notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

that’s nice but we all still hate you

3 years 6 months ago

Lets get this over with.  The only thing stands in the way is how much will the Giants get for the rights.  Former A’s owners the Haas family showed class by not standing in the way of the Giants to move to San Jose and gave them the rights to San Jose but the new Giant owners will not pay back the A’s in the same classy way. 

vonhayesdays
3 years 6 months ago

the giants have to many greedy owners for them to do something decent

3 years 6 months ago

hey hey hey don’t hate the Giants hate money

vonhayesdays
3 years 6 months ago

not the giants, their greedy owners

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

Dear Mr. Selig:

Try prioritizing when you are going to get the hell out of the League! Do it as soon as possible please.

    Signed,
     Multitudes of true MLB fans who have had enough of you already!!!

3 years 6 months ago

And the multitudes of fans who understand and respect the work he’s done will thank him.

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

What with all the fans who can’t wait to see him go, they’ll have to take a number and step to the rear. It’ll be a long wait. :)

3 years 6 months ago

bud actually doing something? is this real life?

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

Probably because if the A’s get denied the move, he can at least apathetically say “Well, I tried…”

MarkPurdy
3 years 6 months ago

The A’s have zero fan support in the Bay Area.  The whole south bay are Giants fans.  A’s have no choice but to relocate to Sacramento or Portland.

3 years 6 months ago

Where have I heard that before?  Yes, the same was said about the Giants who struggled to find support until they got their new stadium.  Have you been to San Jose?  They support both teams and once the A’s go down there it will be a 2 to 1 advantage for the A’s.

MarkPurdy
3 years 6 months ago

The A’s have zero fan support in the Bay Area.  The whole south bay are Giants fans.  A’s have no choice but to relocate to Sacramento or Portland.

bayareabeast
3 years 6 months ago

realistically how much could the giants expect to get as compensation if the a’s went to san jose? millions?

Disgustedfan
3 years 6 months ago

The giants are so greedy. They draw all the big crowds and have a payroll twice the a’s do and oakland plays in the worst stadium in baseball. The territorial rights were given to them 20 years ago when they were in the same position as oakland is now. I hate the giants and that backstabbing organization.

3 years 6 months ago

I think you’re missing something..the Giants Class-A San Jose Giants are there. They don’t want to move them, or lose their own territory down there. The A’s have their own territories, so why don’t they move somewhere else? Because they want the sponsors in SJ. 

Disgustedfan
3 years 6 months ago

If the a’s wouldnt have given the giants san jose they would be the tampa bay giants playing in tropicana field. I do think the a’s should have to pay the giants some dough to move there i guess that would be fair

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

So Bud Selig is going to FINALLY put this on the front burner? Is that burner set to “simmer”? Or is it turned up to at least Medium-High?

This is rediculous. With Selig still in charge, the Giants and A’s could still be fighting over this even after 2014 when Selig’s contract is up. Without definitive/punitive action on the part of Selig and ALL the other owners, the Giants can continue to draw this out through other legalities long enough to force the A’s to just go away.

Way to let this one fester for so long Selig.

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

So Bud Selig is going to FINALLY put this on the front burner? Is that burner set to “simmer”? Or is it turned up to at least Medium-High?

This is rediculous. With Selig still in charge, the Giants and A’s could still be fighting over this even after 2014 when Selig’s contract is up. Without definitive/punitive action on the part of Selig and ALL the other owners, the Giants can continue to draw this out through other legalities long enough to force the A’s to just go away.

Way to let this one fester for so long Selig.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

SF Chronicle wrote a couple days ago about how Mark Davis wants to get the Raiders a new stadium, sounding like he wants to move them to Santa Clara or LA, I’m just curious to see how this all works out

jwsox
3 years 6 months ago

I still don’t get this. San Jose is further away from San Francisco than Oakland. It takes a 5 minute ferry ride to get from oakland to San francisco. It takes 45 minutes to drive from San Jose to San Francisco. The a’s are moving farther away thus opening up all of oakland for the giants. The giants are upset that the a’s are moving in on their MINOR LEAGUE teams territory. They are different teams in different league who don’t affect each other at all. The giants should have no say where another team moves to. This is rediciolus. The a’s could easily sue saying the giants are potentially harming the franchise in terms if future revenue

WoodyWins
3 years 6 months ago

The San Jose area is home to the some of the wealthiest communities/corporations in the country.  Plus, Oakland and San Francisco have a natural socio-economic rivalry thing going on that you can’t really quantify, but it exists.  It would not be easy for the Giants to simply poach fans from Oakland. 

jwsox
3 years 6 months ago

I still don’t get this. San Jose is further away from San Francisco than Oakland. It takes a 5 minute ferry ride to get from oakland to San francisco. It takes 45 minutes to drive from San Jose to San Francisco. The a’s are moving farther away thus opening up all of oakland for the giants. The giants are upset that the a’s are moving in on their MINOR LEAGUE teams territory. They are different teams in different league who don’t affect each other at all. The giants should have no say where another team moves to. This is rediciolus. The a’s could easily sue saying the giants are potentially harming the franchise in terms if future revenue

3 years 6 months ago

But…I like the (AAA) San Jose Giants being there…..

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t really see the A’s being able to move to San Jose. They will have to move somewhere, in my opinion.

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t really see the A’s being able to move to San Jose. They will have to move somewhere, in my opinion.

3 years 6 months ago

i believe that the A’s should move down to San Jose. and the Giants can claim a minor league system in Oakland (which is much closer to SF) than what San Jose is…

ExposTurnedBlue77
3 years 6 months ago

It’s sad to see the A’s franchise in such disarray they have so much good history. As a former Expos fan I really hope the A’s get a new stadium because that concrete mess they have there is a joke. (2nd worse park ever behind the Olympic Stadium) At least San Jose is a short ride away from Oakland so its not like they’d relocate across the country, or worse, Washington.

MetsEventually
3 years 6 months ago

Enough of Bud Selig. There’s a crisis in Queens that he’s never going to help. Cannot wait until Bud Steroid Era Selig is gone. 

MarinersRoyalsBraves2014
3 years 6 months ago

Mr. Wolff is “delighted” that Mr. Selig has removed the situation from the backburner.