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10:02 AM ET 05.20 | Lew Wolff is the most hated man in Oakland. Wolff's efforts to move the team out of Oakland have been a disaster. The Giants own the rights to the South Bay, and everyone knows it. Instead of working on a solution with the city that has housed the team for 44 years, through four championships and plenty of lousy seasons, Wolff and his fellow owners chose to play the waiting game with Major League Baseball. They tarped the upper deck and started selling off talent, season after season. They figured if their revenue sharing envelope keeps getting smaller, the rest of baseball just has to give them San Jose. Looks like Wolff's game of chicken isn't paying off. Commissioner Bud Selig, a former classmate of Wolff's at Yale, told the A's this past week to look elsewhere if they want. But the subtext was clear: San Jose shouldn't be on their itinerary.

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May 20, 2012  11:00 AM ET

Da Charlotte Racers are waiting!!!

May 20, 2012  11:55 AM ET

If Oakland wont build a stadium and SJ will then it's like if your girlfriend wont put out and you find another girl that will, you know how this story ends. If SF thinks SJ is theirs then they can move there. Either way you have 2 teams in one market. Thats like saying "I'm not dating that girl, but I like her, but no one else can have her. It's not like when the A's moved from KC. You can still drive to games. If they arent careful, the A's will end up in Vancouver or San Antonio.

May 20, 2012  12:07 PM ET

Oakland is a bad place. A lawless ghetto of bad people. All the teams need to be out of there

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May 20, 2012  12:11 PM ET

There are plenty of places (Virginia, Louisville, Charlotte, San Antonio) which could easily take on this team. Screw Selig and the Giants!

May 20, 2012  12:12 PM ET
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Racist.

That's rather racist of you to assume lawlessness is associated with one particular race. How does that foot taste?

May 20, 2012  12:12 PM ET

It's a shame given the A's history over the years when they used to be good. There is no way Wolff will win this battle. He better make a deal with Oakland, or find another patsy....er...I mean city to relocate.

May 20, 2012  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

There are plenty of places (Virginia, Louisville, Charlotte, San Antonio) which could easily take on this team. Screw Selig and the Giants!

If you read the article, Selig and the Giants would not stand in the way to a move to those markets. They just believe that Oakland should not move to San Jose.

May 20, 2012  12:16 PM ET

Lew is the only realist in this game. Oakland is a depressed city, it can never substain a healthy tunrstyle required to operate a successful major league entity. The old A's had to resort to gimicks like hot pants day or 2 for 1 mondays to achieve the 1 million fan mark. I doubt that Sacramento could give the A's the needed support they need to succeed but maybe that's the answer. San Jose is the city that truely comes out the loser in all of this, they are being held hostage by the Giants. Would Morgan Hill work or is that considered San Jose too?
With the expansion that has taken place in MLB during the past 25 years it has eliminated the possibly locations of relocation. The list of possible relocation cities have been reduced to Montreal (yikes), New Orleans (yikes II), Louisville (once topped 1 mil for minor league cardinals), Nashville (I'd personally target Nash), maybe Buffalo (yikes III). It's just slim pickens out there.

May 20, 2012  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

If you read the article, Selig and the Giants would not stand in the way to a move to those markets. They just believe that Oakland should not move to San Jose.

I read the article, and you argue best when you argue my point.

May 20, 2012  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Screw Selig and the Giants!

stick a double fork on this guys!!!

May 20, 2012  12:23 PM ET

selig can't take the A's side, unstead he makes the easy out by supporting the giants, why?? because selig refuse to workout any clause in the big leagues!!!

May 20, 2012  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The list of possible relocation cities have been reduced to Montreal (yikes), New Orleans (yikes II), Louisville (once topped 1 mil for minor league cardinals), Nashville (I'd personally target Nash), maybe Buffalo (yikes III). It's just slim pickens out there.

They aren't the only location sites.

As for Louisville... you can only seat so many in a minor league park. And it is a city just an industry or two and the completion of a bypass away from exploding. They're already a UPS hub, and could become an airline hub. Sports are big in Louisville, as are... baseball bats. And their TV market today supports... the White Sox. Uugghh!!!!!! If not Louisville, then just a bit north in Indianapolis.

Charlotte could do this today.

Northern Virginia easily could pull this off. Nobody wants to drive into DC to see the Nationals. God knows I won't, and their team is filled with UVa grads. Last Washington game I saw was in 1967 when the Senators had a double header with the Red Sox.

San Antonio would work. Baseball is big in Texas and their market could support it.

The real key is setting up the TV contracts.

May 20, 2012  12:53 PM ET
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If Oakland wont build a stadium and SJ will then it's like if your girlfriend wont put out and you find another girl that will, you know how this story ends. If SF thinks SJ is theirs then they can move there. Either way you have 2 teams in one market. Thats like saying "I'm not dating that girl, but I like her, but no one else can have her. It's not like when the A's moved from KC. You can still drive to games. If they arent careful, the A's will end up in Vancouver or San Antonio.

It isn't like that at all. A more fitting analogy is this:

You buy a home, in part because you love the land on which it sits. The price you paid for the home is reflective of the value of that land. After purchase, you spend a lot of time and money cultivating that land. However, your neighbor, who paid less for his home because his land isn't as valuable as yours, demands that he should get to build his pool on your property.

The current Giants ownership purchased the team, in part, because the team had territorial rights to Santa Clara county (which includes San Jose). They specifically sought affirmation of those rights before purchasing the team. They have spent millions cultivating a fan base there, to the point that it now represents about a third of their fan base. The current A's ownership purchased the team with full knowledge that they weren't getting rights to Santa Clara county. They shouldn't get to move the team there just because they want to.

May 20, 2012  12:54 PM ET

Hopefully that title will change once juicehead arrives from the minors. Would love for once that the hometown crowd boos their own juicehead. Makes me sick everytime Giambi comes to bat here to cheers.

May 20, 2012  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

It isn't like that at all. A more fitting analogy is this:You buy a home, in part because you love the land on which it sits. The price you paid for the home is reflective of the value of that land. After purchase, you spend a lot of time and money cultivating that land. However, your neighbor, who paid less for his home because his land isn't as valuable as yours, demands that he should get to build his pool on your property.The current Giants ownership purchased the team, in part, because the team had territorial rights to Santa Clara county (which includes San Jose). They specifically sought affirmation of those rights before purchasing the team. They have spent millions cultivating a fan base there, to the point that it now represents about a third of their fan base. The current A's ownership purchased the team with full knowledge that they weren't getting rights to Santa Clara county. They shouldn't get to move the team there just because they want to.

Well put WWJ

May 20, 2012  01:41 PM ET

selig wont let the team move east of Texas bc it will screw up the geography of the divisions. that leaves Portland, Salt Lake, Vegas, and Ok City. Doubtful that Selig would want 3 teams in Texas, especially with Houstons sub-par attendance for a city that size.

May 20, 2012  01:41 PM ET

selig wont let the team move east of Texas bc it will screw up the geography of the divisions. that leaves Portland, Salt Lake, Vegas, and Ok City. Doubtful that Selig would want 3 teams in Texas, especially with Houstons sub-par attendance for a city that size.

 
May 20, 2012  02:16 PM ET

Selig's hope is that the Giants and A's can work something out. The owner's won't vote to change the Giant's territorial rights because they're afraid of a precedent being set that would allow someone to challenge their own territorial rights. In the end, it will take the the threat of or actual filing of an anti-trust lawsuit (maybe by San Jose?) that will challenge MLB's cherished anti-trust exemption. When that happens, you will be amazed at how fast the Giants and A's reach a deal.

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