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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Purdy: Time for Selig, A’s to decide on new ballpark

Sweet Sigafoos! When does this story end…

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.

Repoz Posted: September 18, 2012 at 04:56 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 18, 2012 at 05:30 AM (#4238809)
The article doesn't make it sound like anything new is happening. Some of these conditions don't make a lot of sense:
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.
How would the A's possibly guarantee that? Also, why shouldn't Wolff and Fisher be able to sell for a profit in fewer than 5 years? As an A's fan I don't really want them running the team long term. Wolff's primary skill is as a real estate developer, not a brand or business builder.

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.

Why would the Giants agree to this? Basically Purdy's implying that Selig has 75% of the votes to allow the move over the Giants' objections. We've heard this "implication" a million times before. What's different now?

Basically I don't see anything new here.
   2. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 18, 2012 at 07:06 AM (#4238813)
Solomonesque? Just to be safe, everybody should have their children taken away.
   3. jwb Posted: September 18, 2012 at 07:31 AM (#4238821)
The nearest Bud Selig has been to anything "Solomonesque" is when the Brewers signed Salomon Torres.
   4. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 18, 2012 at 07:42 AM (#4238823)
Purdy writes for the Monterey Herald now? Wait, Purdy is still writing? I feel 10 years old again!

How about MLB uses some of their billions in revenue to loan the A's the money to build a ball park near Jack London Square and the A's can pay it back with their revenue sharing. I like it. Make it happen.
   5. Swedish Chef Posted: September 18, 2012 at 08:12 AM (#4238830)
The A's will be allowed to build half a ballpark in San Jose.
   6. Flynn Posted: September 18, 2012 at 08:23 AM (#4238835)
I decree the A's should build an awesome stadium in downtown Oakland. JLS, towards Lake Merritt, it doesn't really matter.
   7. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 18, 2012 at 09:00 AM (#4238854)
Solomonesque?


The A's will be allowed to build a stadium in San Jose but not allowed to play there. (and isn't San Jose a great name for a city?)
   8. Swedish Chef Posted: September 18, 2012 at 09:38 AM (#4238887)
The A's will be allowed to move to San José, Costa Rica.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 18, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4238894)
Also, why shouldn't Wolff and Fisher be able to sell for a profit in fewer than 5 years?


The Royals had such an agreement with David Glass when he first bought the club. All it results in is the owner not investing a penny in the club because he has no profit motive. Its a terrible idea.
   10. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: September 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4239042)
Selig will let them move to San Jose, but he won't tell them the way there.
   11. TerpNats Posted: September 18, 2012 at 01:10 PM (#4239135)
Selig will let them move to San Jose, but he won't tell them the way there.
And then the A's just won't know what to do with themselves.
   12. Steve Treder Posted: September 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM (#4239167)
They'll be parking cars and pumping gas.
   13. Cris E Posted: September 18, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4239259)
> Solomoneque

Move the Rays to San Jose and the As back to Philadelphia. Both OAK and SFG will object, and then bud will know, yes, he will know...
   14. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: September 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4239350)
Why dont they move the Giants to San Jose and let the A's play in AT&T? Problem solved
   15. Walt Davis Posted: September 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4239422)
I love the idea of Bud requiring a team to privately finance a ballpark. We'll have cats marrying dogs next.
   16. Willie Mayspedester Posted: September 18, 2012 at 05:07 PM (#4239438)
Maybe the Giants either let the A's move to San Jose or they both play in AT&T until the A's build a new stadium. The Giants and Jets play in the same stadium, and it's not even in NY
   17. dr. scott Posted: September 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM (#4239445)
I like that suggestion WM. baseball game every day during the season on my commute to work!! And the A's tickets would be cheap!
   18. dr. scott Posted: September 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM (#4239451)
Maybe when the A's play the giants in the world series this year the earthquake will be along the hayward fault and swallow the colliseum. All of next years games at AT&T!
   19. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: September 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4239461)
Maybe when the A's play the giants in the world series this year the earthquake will be along the hayward fault and swallow the colliseum. All of next years games at AT&T!



Well after last Sunday, I hope the earthquake will take the Raiders along with it.
   20. beer on a stick Posted: September 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM (#4239752)
The A's can't afford to put a hundred down and buy a car. How are they going to find their way to San Jose, and pay for a new ballpark?

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