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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Billy Beane dives into A’s stadium issue

Billy Beane should have never written this article.

“It’s now impacting our baseball planning,” Beane said, “so I feel a need to get involved with this.”

According to a major-league source, Beane accompanied owner Lew Wolff to meet with Commissioner Bud Selig in Scottsdale, Ariz., two weeks ago. Beane declined to confirm or deny his presence or that the meeting even took place…

Oakland lost money last season for the first time this century, with an expected shortfall of several million dollars, according to Beane. The team is consistently a recipient of $20 million or more in revenue sharing, and Oakland’s attendance actually went up in 2011, but the payroll also went up $15 million, from $52 million to $67 million.

Many fans point to the deep pockets of A’s ownership, which includes the Gap’s John Fisher, as a reason the team should spend more on payroll no matter what the revenue.

“It’s a business,” Beane said. “And the business should be able to stand on its own two feet.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 22, 2011 at 04:15 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: November 22, 2011 at 07:42 PM (#3999641)
Oh hey, Billy! Guess you're awake.

Michael Taylor is working at a radio station now. Send him to winter ball please.
   2. asinwreck Posted: November 22, 2011 at 11:43 PM (#3999852)
Only now?

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