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.


64 Responses to Selig Prioritizing A’s Stadium Resolution Leave a Reply

  1. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    that’s nice but we all still hate you

  2. 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. 

  3. Infield Fly 3 years 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!!!

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

      • Infield Fly 3 years 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. :)

  4. bud actually doing something? is this real life?

    • Lastings 3 years ago

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

  5. MarkPurdy 3 years 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.

    • 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.

  6. MarkPurdy 3 years 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.

  7. bayareabeast 3 years ago

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

  8. Disgustedfan 3 years 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.

    • 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 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

  9. James Attwood 3 years 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.

  10. James Attwood 3 years 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.

  11. Snoochies8 3 years 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

  12. jwsox 3 years 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 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. 

  13. jwsox 3 years 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

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

  15. JacksTigers 3 years 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.

  16. JacksTigers 3 years 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.

  17. 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…

  18. ExposTurnedBlue77 3 years 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.

  19. MetsEventually 3 years 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. 

  20. MarinersRoyalsBraves2014 3 years ago

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

  21. Grab some pine, meat. 3 years ago

    Even if it were “under the table” the rebuilding A’s would never take him… alas, the Giants will never be able to be rid of him.

  22. Grab some pine, meat. 3 years ago

    Why are you always the easiest poster to respond to in this article? 
    I digress; you are wrong, teams split “territories” all the time.

  23. Runtime 3 years ago

    Here’s a better idea,
    Let’s move the Blue Jays to the AL Central.

    Seems much more important.

  24. roberty 3 years ago

    AT&T park is a 20 minute drive from Oakland.  It’s an hour drive from San Jose.  I don’t see how SJ is more in the Giants territory than Oakland is.  Oh yeah, it’s because people in SJ have money.  This isn’t an issue of territory, it’s an issue of class and income. 

  25. mgsports 3 years ago

    Just move them to Hawaii or Monterrey Mexico or Orlando.

  26. 55saveslives 3 years ago

    Pete is angry!

  27. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    Wow. Bud Selig doing something that ACTUALLY makes a lot of sense. About time. 

  28. SRT 3 years ago

    Based on this standoff I’m surprised the A’s owner voted Selig back in.

    As a fan of neither team, I’ve got no vested interest in the outcome but come on Giants…..if it wasn’t for the As, your newer stadium and that recent WS win you still wouldn’t have much of a fan base.  You got your new stadium, let the As have theirs.  That coliseum is a dump and the A’s deserve to have a baseball stadium dedicated to just baseball, not sharing with a football team.

    And those throwing out the suggestion of ‘move somewhere else’?  I wonder if you could choke that down if your owner was petitioning to move your team out of the area…..

  29. Lanidrac 3 years ago

    Since San Jose is just as far from Oakland as San Fran, I don’t think it makes sense to keep the Oakland name if they make this move. Are they going to change their name to the San Jose Athletics? Maybe they can be the California Athletics, although that would also be confusing, since the Angels used to have that title.

  30. kptrojans 3 years ago

    Unfortunately when you’re dealing with the son of Satan, we know that he won’t go away any time soon. We need an exocism to be able to get him out.

  31. Tko11 3 years ago

    Hahaha that would be funny! Zito to the A’s for rights to San Jose!

  32. Tko11 3 years ago

    Hahaha that would be funny! Zito to the A’s for rights to San Jose!

  33. bayareabeast 3 years ago

    cry me a river..thats the second time youve replied to me saying the giants are some kind of evil team. id be more mad at your owners for trading away all of your players who are half way decent. peter pan go back to neverland if you want to see faries and flowers everywhere.

  34. Giants fans are typically about 3-5 years into their fanhood. 

  35. Anthony Villella 3 years ago

    It’s a single A team. Cal League North. 

  36. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    Okay. Let’s slow down. I’m not saying that the city is the problem, I’m saying that the Giants won’t and shouldn’t for that matter, give up their rights to San Jose.

    Give me one good reason that the Giants should just give away their rights.

  37. Disgustedfan 3 years ago

    Your actually giving giants fans too much credit. Most of them have been fans since october of 2010. Which was a year and a half ago.

  38. Grab some pine, meat. 3 years ago

    Actually, he has been pretty clear about it being a non-priority. 

  39. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    None of those are good answers. Baseball is a business. Answers like ‘it’s the right thing to do’ don’t work.

  40. HummBaby 3 years ago

    Does anyone else wonder why Mark Purdy chose the username “Pete” to post at mlbtraderumors?

  41. imachainsaw 3 years ago

    so you’re not denying it?

  42. Guest 3 years ago

    now the bad news: if it goes to the 9th Fed court of appeals I can imagine  the carnage. new ‘fairness rule” if a team falls behind by 6 or more runs, 1/2 of that will be added to the losers score

  43. 55saveslives 3 years ago

    You mad bro?

  44. Just fyi – it’s annoying when anyone front-running team has fans that do that.

    I’m an O’s fan.  I live this every day.

  45. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    They wouldn’t have been able to do it in the first place if two held any weight and five won’t work because the Giants won’t get all the money they get from having the rights to SJ.

  46. The O’s were top 5 in attendance (including first for 2 or 3 years) the entire late nineties.

    Same boat my friend.

  47. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    Legalized monopoly. The Commisioner’s Office and the remainder of  the owners can override the interests of one owner. Having 30 solvent MLB franchises is in the best interest of every team in baseball. 

    (Also: the effect on the Giants is overstated greatly. The Giants will pick up the folks who live in the Oakland area who leisurely go to games of the team that is closest to them. They won’t be affected financially at all)

    Also, the A’s tried to build a new stadium in Oakland. For a while, actually. It got shot down by the city.

  48. diehardmets 3 years ago

    That would work if everyone in the league had the same salary, which  unfortunately is not the case. With that, the Yankees/Phillies/other wealthy teams would be going to the world series every year. The playoffs are the only way to remove the heavy imbalance in payroll.

  49. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    That’s a terrible argument.

  50. alxn 3 years ago

    Because the city of San Jose would prefer to have their own team in the form of the A’s? Better question: Why should people in San Jose, who want and deserve to have their own professional baseball franchise, be denied this opportunity because another franchise is greedy? Not to mention it would be better for the league as a whole if the A’s moved to San Jose.

  51. HummBaby 3 years ago

    I love the selective editing of comments on this forumn.
    People who continually bash and spread false rumors about the Giants fanbase (Pete) have their comments left up, while fans of the Giants who respond with solid facts have their comments removed. Others went on to accuse said basher of trolling the boards, yet no repercussions….

    Tim used to run a decent website. If his current moderators are showing favoritism…this website loses alot.

    If mlbtraderumors doesn’t have its integrity what does it have….?

  52. WoodyWins 3 years ago

    They could easily be financially affected, and greatly so.  They need 3.3 million fans each year to operate at their current budget.  After selling out all 81 home games in 2011, they eclipsed that number by fewer than 100,000 fans.  Losing a territory like Santa Clara County (one of the wealthiest counties in the country) is a huge gamble for them financially.

    Additionally, much of the Giants investment group comes from Silicon Valley money.  This poses a number of problems.  One, for example, is their new stadium was privately funded based on the agreement that Santa Clara would remain their territory as it does add value to the franchise.

  53. How would it be better for the whole league if the A’s moved to San Jose? The only teams that would be affected by this move would be the Giants and A’s. That’s it. The rest of the league could care less, I’m sure.

    The A’s would obviously benefit from this move since they’d get a new stadium and likely be able to have a higher payroll which means better players and, of course, an increase in fans and attendance.

    The Giants, however, would have to move the San Jose Giants somewhere else, rearrange their territorial rights AND lose fans (and money). Why would a team voluntarily choose to do those things?

    In the same regard that you claim the Giants are greedy for wanting to keep their territory, you can also say the A’s are greedy for wanting to infringe upon somebody else’s. This move benefits nobody but the A’s, so why do you not accuse the owners of the A’s of being greedy (especially since at the end of the day, this whole thing is about the A’s wanting to make more money)?

    I have no problem with the A’s wanting to move somewhere else, get a new stadium, and someday improve upon their team. However, there are many other cities that “want and deserve to have their own professional baseball franchise”.

    Portland, for example, would be a great place to move a team. The closest teams to Portland are currently the Mariners, Giants and A’s (and all of those places are much too far for residents of Portland to go see a baseball game regularly). Same goes with Las Vegas, who (along with Portland) could actually use a baseball team. San Jose is close enough to San Francisco, where it would be unnecessary to relocate a team there.

    THE END

  54. alxn 3 years ago

    The league would benefit to have an MLB team in San Jose over an MLB team in Oakland. A team in San Jose would generate more revenue, attendance, and interest than the A’s have in Oakland. Also, if the A’s are not able to move the team, the team will have to be sold. This is not just about making money, it is about keeping the team at a maintainable level.

    Further, you mostly ignored the main point of my post, which is that the city of San Jose deserves and wants a team. Portland does not have an MLB stadium and the city does not want to fund the building of a new stadium. Las Vegas is an unrealistic destination for obvious reasons. Also, it is a bit ridiculous for you to suggest that the A’s should just pack up and move to a completely different part of the country, as opposed to moving 50 miles down the road. The main reason they want to move to San Jose is because they could not make any substantial progress on potential stadium deals in Oakland. The main concern in this situation should be the desires of the city of San Jose. They should not be held captive as a territory of the Giants when there is a professional franchise that wants to move to San Jose and the city wants to have the franchise in San Jose. 

    Also, the Giants are one of the highest revenue-generating teams in the league, while the A’s are one of the worst. A move to San Jose would help the A’s far more than it would hurt the Giants. And in case you didn’t know, the only reason why the Giants have exclusive territorial rights to San Jose is because the A’s voluntarily transferred exclusive rights to them when the Giants were proposing a new stadium in Santa Clara. Before that, the A’s and Giants shared the territorial rights to San Jose. The Giants ended up never moving to Santa Clara, but kept the exclusive rights anyways. So forgive me for thinking the Giants are the greedy party in this situation.

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