The latest twitch arrived over the weekend. The Los Angeles Times quoted an anonymous baseball source and said there were “indications that Selig might rule” on the A’s situation by the end of 2012 — and that instead of saying yes or no, the commissioner could issue a “Solomonesque” proclamation.
What does that mean?
Uh, good question. But let’s take a stab. The A’s could be required to guarantee they can both pay for the ballpark privately and still spend enough money to field a competitive team. Wolff and Fisher might also have to promise they would not sell the team within five or 10 years for a quick profit.
And the Giants? They could be forced to pledge that the franchise or any franchise affiliates (sponsors, etc.) won’t file any lawsuits connected to a possible San Jose A’s move. In return, MLB would set up a proactive formula/matrix to calculate the Giants’ monetary situation five years after the A’s are playing in the South Bay — and after that review, compensate the Giants for any damages they might suffer.
There might also be requirements for San Jose to meet in terms of city cooperation and land acquisition. For Oakland, there could be firm requirements for the city to meet if it still wants to be taken seriously as a long-term home for the team.
Posted: September 18, 2012 at 03:56 AM | 20 comment(s)
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