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PostPosted: Mon 12/9/13 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the L. A. Times:

"MLB to Court: Bud Selig rejected "A"s Proposed Move to San Jose"

By Bill Shaikin

December 7, 2013, 11:22 a.m.

Commissioner Bud Selig told the Oakland Athletics six months ago that they would not be allowed to move to San Jose, attorneys for Major League Baseball said in a court filing Friday.

The formal notification letter was not included in the filing, but MLB attorneys wrote that Selig "was not satisfied with the club's relocation proposal." The rejection of the proposed move was "his final decision," according to the filing.

However, the decision was specific to that proposal and was not a judgment that the "A"s would not be allowed to move at all, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. It is expected that the league would consider a new proposal once the court case -- filed by the city of San Jose -- is resolved.

"A"s managing partner Lew Wolff declined comment Saturday, as did a league spokesman.

The "A"s recently agreed to a lease at Oakland Coliseum through the 2015 season. That gives the "A"s two years to persuade Selig -- or his successor -- to reconsider the San Jose option, to get a new ballpark in Oakland, or to consider putting the team up for sale. Wolff has previously said he has no interest in moving the team out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

In October, a federal judge upheld MLB's right to determine where its teams play but chastised the league for not rendering a decision on the
"A"s proposal "within a reasonable time." As a result, U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte ruled, the league could be liable for damages to the city of San Jose.

"MLB denied the Athletics' relocation request on June 17, 2013, one day before this lawsuit was filed," league attorneys wrote in the filing.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/26/14 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First update on this subject since last December:

The "A"s have rejected a 10-year lease offer from the Oakland Coliseum Authority--to nobody's surprise.
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PostPosted: Tue 7/8/14 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, and now something that surprised me...the "A"s have actually signed on to a ten-year lease at the Coliseum!

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PostPosted: Wed 8/20/14 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So here's a good one...the Commissioner addressed the Bay Area media and regrets that the "A"s did not get a new ballpark during his reign. His comments are included in this article.

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"This team needs a new ballpark," Selig said. "I know I said it the last time I was here. But my only comparison is that this reminds me of County Stadium in its final days and Shea Stadium. For those of you in this room, that's not a compliment.

"There's no misunderstanding here: This team needs a new stadium. They have done a remarkable job here, and I mean that sincerely."

Selig was highly complimentary of (Lew) Wolff's ownership -- as well as that of Walter Haas Jr. and Steve Schott/Ken Hofmann -- and the work that club president Mike Crowley and vice president/general manager Billy Beane have done in keeping the "A"s contender year after year despite the aging facility.

Last month, the "A"s agreed to a 10-year lease at the Coliseum in hopes of building a new ballpark on the site in the coming years, and Selig said that's an important step in the process at this point.

..."I know there's been criticism about the length [of time] this has taken. I'm proud of everything we have done the last 22 years, but this is one of those things that as I look back at it, it's very complicated and now we have litigation, so everything has gone on hold.

"Once litigation is resolved, then we will all proceed."

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PostPosted: Sun 2/8/15 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

San Jose has voted to appeal its antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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PostPosted: Tue 6/23/15 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, as another year continues to plod forward, we are hearing a pledge from new Commissioner Rob Manfred that he is committed to moving ahead on a new stadium for the Athletics.

And it continues, at a snail's pace.
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PostPosted: Thu 6/25/15 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully it will move off the back burner with the new commissioner.
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PostPosted: Sat 12/31/16 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has it really been over a year since this thread was updated?

Well, efforts are back on to resolve this issue.
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PostPosted: Fri 12/8/17 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now--almost one year after my last post in this thread--they're almost back to square one. The ongoing saga of "A"s baseball continues.
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PostPosted: Mon 2/26/18 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The subject that just won't die has popped up in discussions again. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated that he supports a new ballpark for the "A"s in...Oakland.
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PostPosted: Thu 11/29/18 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The latest development in this never-ending thread--the "A"s have unveiled their latest plans for a new ballpark.
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PostPosted: Thu 11/29/18 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the location - Jack London Square. The design does sure look nice but even if it gets built, it will still be second banana to AT&T Park in the Bay Area. Just like the team is second to the Battery Chuckers.
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