I think that it is no secret that Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff wants a new stadium and strongly prefers to stay in the Bay Area. But after the planned development in Fremont fell through, Wolff is pursuing San Jose as part of a plan for long-term A's viability in the Bay Area. Nearly all signs are pointing to the fact that it is either San Jose for the A's, or they will move away from the Bay Area for good.
Before I discuss the alternate plans, I would like to see Commissioner Bud Selig's official stance on this situation. Selig and Wolff have been associated with each other since their days as frat brothers at the University of Wisconsin. One would think that Selig would pull a few teeth to help out his friend.
But after Selig assured the Giants front office that San Jose would remain part of their market, it is as though the Giants would go as far as suing the A's for territorial infringement.
This is where the Giants front office is not making sense. On a radius map, AT&T Park and McAfee Coliseum are only seven miles apart. The HP Pavilion in San Jose (prospective new ballpark vicinity) is approximately 48 miles from AT&T Park.
Now, go ahead and tell me that territorial infringement would not fly in court, because if that were the case, the A's wouldn't have moved to Oakland in 1968.
With the Bay Area being the fourth largest media market in the U.S., combine it with Sacramento and it'll come up as a market that is big enough to support two MLB teams, just like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Thus, I still do not see how the Giants can be threatened over this.
It's not like the Dodgers or any other NL team is moving there. It is an American League team that has little, if anything, to do with the Giants aside from an interleague rivalry.
Given all the facts, the Giants front office should just mind their own business in regards to San Jose. If the Giants swear up and down that they are better than the A's, then they should prove it and let the free market decide. The very decision on the A's future in San Jose (and the Bay Area) should only be on San Jose, especially after the floor fell through on Fremont.
In the Mar. 16, 2009 edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, columnist Norm Clarke reported the following:
The Oakland A's are reportedly looking at Las Vegas as a bargaining chip.
Team owner Lew Wolff said in a news release issued to the San Jose Mercury News on Friday: "We have fully exhausted our time and resources over the years with the city of Oakland, dating back to previous A's ownership...We recognize conditions have not changed.
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