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Will Selig ever deal with A's stadium issue?

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08:52 AM ET 05.13 | It has been three years and two months since Commissioner Bud Selig told the Athletics to stand down and let him handle their stadium dilemma. The fans have lost patience. The A's have lost patience. The perception is that the franchise rots while Selig fiddles. The reality is that the eternally patient Selig has lost patience too. The A's want to move to San Jose. The Giants claim San Jose as their territory and want the A's to stay in Oakland. The A's say they long ago exhausted their options for a new ballpark in Oakland. Selig has not abandoned the idea of a new ballpark in Oakland, even if the A's have. He is not convinced the money would be there, although he also is not convinced a new park in San Jose would be a done deal if he would just say yes to the A's. How long would he give either city to deliver?

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May 13, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Wait, the A's have fans? Now THAT'S news.

May 13, 2012  09:19 AM ET

There's certainly no state money available for building a new stadium anywhere in California.

How about one of the growing cities in the Carolinas? The Braves would fight it, but I think Charlotte would support a franchise. I don't think there's support in the SF Bay area for two teams.

May 13, 2012  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

There's certainly no state money available for building a new stadium anywhere in California.How about one of the growing cities in the Carolinas? The Braves would fight it, but I think Charlotte would support a franchise. I don't think there's support in the SF Bay area for two teams.

The Carolina Drivers!!!

May 13, 2012  10:09 AM ET

Nope. Selig. Is. A. Tool. If he ever does wake up (granted, the NFL hasn't done anything about Los Angeles, either), he ought to consider San Antonio. Eighth-largest city in the U.S. and the fastest growing. Already has a first-rate stadium, too.

May 13, 2012  11:09 AM ET

How about Portland?

May 13, 2012  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

There's certainly no state money available for building a new stadium anywhere in California.How about one of the growing cities in the Carolinas? The Braves would fight it, but I think Charlotte would support a franchise. I don't think there's support in the SF Bay area for two teams.

I promise you It wont be Charlotte. They can barely keep Panther games filled, Bobcat games are a joke, and the minor league baseball team is 25minutes south of Charlotte and should really be called the Rock Hill Knights as the Rock Hill residents are the only ones who show up to the games

May 13, 2012  12:43 PM ET

Has MLB done a study to see how many Giants season ticket holders reside in San Jose, in order to support SF's territorial claim? That's where I'd start...duh.

May 13, 2012  12:56 PM ET

The problem is very simple just like the Cubs and Sox both teams don't play at home at the same time so let them move to San Jose.

May 13, 2012  01:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

How about Portland?

Sadly Portland isn't a baseball city anymore. Too many Birkenstock wearing, granola eaters. They've twice lost AAA franchises, the most recent a couple years ago to Tucson.

May 13, 2012  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Nope. Selig. Is. A. Tool. If he ever does wake up (granted, the NFL hasn't done anything about Los Angeles, either), he ought to consider San Antonio. Eighth-largest city in the U.S. and the fastest growing. Already has a first-rate stadium, too.

They don't even support their Double A team that much...FAIL!

May 13, 2012  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wait, the A's have fans? Now THAT'S news.

You, sir, are one classy individual and full of insight....NOT! = D

May 13, 2012  02:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Has MLB done a study to see how many Giants season ticket holders reside in San Jose, in order to support SF's territorial claim? That's where I'd start...duh.

Good point, it was seem to ver very easy, but the Giants sure seem insecure. If you live in Oakland or parts of the East Bay you would expect some fans to shift to becoming Giants fans...you would think. One of my friends supports both teams, since they're in two different leagues it's not a big deal like it is for Nyu Yawkers.

I think the Giants should stand down...it would be best for the whole SF Bay Area if their A's are allowed to move to San Jose. And the Giants are not going to lose many fans...now they would have an issue w/ having to move their High A team, the San Jose Giants, but I'm sure MLB would contribute, right, Bud "One of the Worst Commissioners Ever" Selig?

May 13, 2012  02:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Good point, it was seem to ver very easy, but the Giants sure seem insecure. If you live in Oakland or parts of the East Bay you would expect some fans to shift to becoming Giants fans...you would think. One of my friends supports both teams, since they're in two different leagues it's not a big deal like it is for Nyu Yawkers.I think the Giants should stand down...it would be best for the whole SF Bay Area if their A's are allowed to move to San Jose. And the Giants are not going to lose many fans...now they would have an issue w/ having to move their High A team, the San Jose Giants, but I'm sure MLB would contribute, right, Bud "One of the Worst Commissioners Ever" Selig?

Er, it would seem to very very easy ~

May 13, 2012  02:33 PM ET

Why doesn't MLB have a contingency fund set aside to deal with these type issues? The Oakland Stadium (name-of-the-month is a rathole that was built for football and is totally outdated....

As far as the San Jose issue, they would lose fans in the Sacramento Valley because driving there would be a freeway nightmare but they would they would attract an entirely new fan base from that part of the state. The Giants should be secure in knowing they would draw fans who don't want to commute to games... Selig.... DO SOMETHING!!!!!!

May 13, 2012  02:37 PM ET

or.........THE A's could move to Sacramento....we've seen how well they've handled the Kings situation

May 13, 2012  03:17 PM ET

Actually, SA's average AA attendance is greater than the DFW franchise the Texas Rangers replaced back in 1971 or so. Three different studies have shown that there is no correlation of minor league attendance and major league attendance when franchises move, robertoclemente. It's all public record. Check it out.

May 13, 2012  03:46 PM ET

The problem with the Giants allowing the A's to move to San Jose is less fan base and more sponsorship, there is a lot of corporate dollars there and if another team moves there they would take the sponsors from the Giants.

May 13, 2012  04:03 PM ET

A headline from last season: Missions attendance dead last despite team's success

The record-setting Missions finished first in the standings, but last in the Texas League in attendance.

May 13, 2012  05:28 PM ET

Selig is in a difficult position - he actually has to make a decision and earn his pay as the commisioner of baseball. He has spent 20 years avoiding any taking any leadership position that might irritate one of the owners. His behavior on this issue, however, has been inexcusable.

I think the Giants are making a mistake by contesting the A's move since they will pick up many more fans from the EastBay than they will lose from the South Bay.

 
May 13, 2012  09:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

or.........THE A's could move to Sacramento....we've seen how well they've handled the Kings situation

Actually, I think their best option would be a move to Sacramento. The city supported the Kings for several years, at least until the Maloof bros. ****ed up the franchise and pissed off the fan base. The fans also show huge support for the Rivercats. Of course, I might be biased, as Sacramento is about 2 hours closer to me than Oakland, and I could actually attend games without having to incur motel costs...

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