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12-21-2012, 05:41 PM
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OT: MLB Oakland wants to stay another 5 years

brodiebrazilCSN 1:03pm via TweetDeck #athletics ask to stay in Oakland for 5 more years: lat.ms/RJw7Ds



So after the issues/discussion/threats of territory and more, things just remain undetermined.

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San Jose lost!

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Very glad to hear this news, because it indicates to me that Lew isn't interested in moving the team out of the Bay Area. Staying in Oakland isnt all that bad, sure, the Coliseum isn't the nicest place to watch a game in, but it's still a unique atmosphere. The Tigers players were complaining about how dead Yankee Stadium was compared to their games in Oakland.

I'm still hoping the A's find a way to make a move to San Jose/Fremont, but if all else fails staying in Oakland is an OK plan B. Unfortunately MLB won't touch the territorial rights issue until Selig dies/retires.

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Unfortunately MLB won't touch the territorial rights issue until Selig dies/retires.
Claims he'll retire in 2014. (And three years to build stadium = 2017 or 2012+5 )

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I'd say it's more of a sign that the Giants were putting up a bigger fight to keep them out of San Jose than expected and other markets that are brought up as relocation candidates (like Portland, Charlotte, and Sacramento) aren't anywhere close to being ready to have an MLB team than them suddenly being happy where they are.

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Lew Wolf makes a nice profit in Oakland.

There is no reason to move. Also with the Marlins ruining Tax dollar funded stadiums, Wolf is having second thoughts.

San Jose would most likely ask Wolf to fund more of the stadium.

So there is no reason for Wolf to move. He gets to keep the Payroll low( no demand from fans to spend); and collect Revenue/Luxary tax checks.

According to Billy Beane, he said no stadium would have been ready by 2015 anyway.

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I like to think that last season's run might have showed Lew that if the team is decent, there is no reason he cant use the Coliseum. The place was packed towards the end of the season, you have to imagine he came out way ahead of where he expected to be at the beginning of the season.

That being said, its a shame he is hanging on to the team. Its clear he has no real interest in owning the Athletics if he isnt allowed to move them and use the new stadium as a starter for some real estate development ala SJ Earthquakes. From what I understand there were some talks with Clorox, but Lew wasn't interested in selling. If Selig's "Blue Ribbon Panel" ever actually does anything (if it even existed in the first place ) and they determine that the Giants get to keep the South Bay even though they chose to not build a stadium where they knew the majority of their fans live, MLB should somehow force Lew to sell.

But seriously, no other double market in MLB has this problem. If the Giants were so concerned about us in the South Bay, they shouldnt've built their stadium an hour away.

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The A's should stay in oakland

This is all about SJ trying to one up SF and its ridiculous.

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The A's should stay in oakland

This is all about SJ trying to one up SF and its ridiculous.
Why shouldn't San Jose get an MLB team? It's the largest city in the Bay Area, and the Giants have acknowledged that the majority of their fans come from the South Bay. I don't see a reason why a team that wants to directly serve the South Bay should be prohibited from doing so because another team almost an hour away thinks all their fans come from that city. Again, if the South Bay was so crucial to the Giants business, why did they build their new stadium in SF? Seems to me they are afraid of having more competition for the majority of the Bay Area fans. In addition, it could be argued that the only reason the Giants aren't playing their home games in Tampa is due to the good will of the previous owners of the Oakland franchise, who ceded the South Bay thinking that the Giants would move there when it appeared they had no options, but it appears in today's world chasing profits is more important than repaying a favor. The Giants want the A's to be forced to leave the Bay Area entirely.

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Why shouldn't San Jose get an MLB team? It's the largest city in the Bay Area, and the Giants have acknowledged that the majority of their fans come from the South Bay. I don't see a reason why a team that wants to directly serve the South Bay should be prohibited from doing so because another team almost an hour away thinks all their fans come from that city. Again, if the South Bay was so crucial to the Giants business, why did they build their new stadium in SF? Seems to me they are afraid of having more competition for the majority of the Bay Area fans. In addition, it could be argued that the only reason the Giants aren't playing their home games in Tampa is due to the good will of the previous owners of the Oakland franchise, who ceded the South Bay thinking that the Giants would move there when it appeared they had no options, but it appears in today's world chasing profits is more important than repaying a favor. The Giants want the A's to be forced to leave the Bay Area entirely.
The Giants were going to build in the south bay...but they were blocked by the Santa Clara County taxpayers. I agree 100% about the Tampa Bay thing but San Jose wanted a baseball team they shouldn't have rejected the Giants way back when.

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http://newballpark.org/2012/12/22/temporary/

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