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California capital's unrequited interest in the A's

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08:14 AM ET 07.11 | Sacramento, with a gloomy NBA forecast, has cast its glance upon the A's, but the team is apparently not receptive. Responding to reports Monday that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has begun to explore the possibility of bringing major-league baseball to the state capital and has particular interest in the A's, Oakland co-owner Lew Wolff said by phone, "We are not leaving the Bay Area, and that's the end of it." The A's are trying to get approval from Major League Baseball to move to San Jose, which officially is in the Giants' territory. The A's have been waiting for more than three years as MLB studies the team's stadium issues. The club holds an option to purchase a downtown site in San Jose for a privately financed stadium.

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Bob Melvin, Icon Sports Bob Melvin, Icon Sports
July 11, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Sacramento would make a lot of sense for the A's.

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July 11, 2012  08:47 AM ET

There's a Throwdown on the topic.

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July 11, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Sacramento might need to petition the PCL for another Triple A team since the A's are turning their backs on them.

July 11, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Not as much as the Valley.

The Valley? As the central Valley like Fresno? As in 105 degrees every day in July and August? I think not.

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July 11, 2012  09:26 AM ET

A state that is bankrupt and has no hope of ever balancing it';s budget is now gonna play footsie with a baseball team which will no doubt ask for a stadium built with tax dollars? Plus millions in road improvements and parking facilities? Perhaps the federal government ( read taxpayers in the rest of the country) can help?

July 11, 2012  09:27 AM ET

It is a easy solution of solving the A's and Giants territory battle. Let the A's move to San Jose and they only play home games when the Giants are on the road.

July 11, 2012  09:42 AM ET

Lew Wolff said it all, Their Gone!!!

July 11, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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Sacramento would make a lot of sense for the A's.

So would a new owner.

July 11, 2012  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It is a easy solution of solving the A's and Giants territory battle. Let the A's move to San Jose and they only play home games when the Giants are on the road.

Here's an easier solution. San Jose is the Giants territory. Have the A's look elsewhere.

July 11, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Here's an easier solution. San Jose is the Giants territory. Have the A's look elsewhere.

Where does Wolff get off having the sense of entitlement to claim San Jose as A's territory anyways?

July 11, 2012  10:53 AM ET
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Where does Wolff get off having the sense of entitlement to claim San Jose as A's territory anyways?

Because he wants it. Never mind that he knew Santa Clara county was within the Giants' territorial rights when he bought the A's and the price he paid for the team was reflective of that fact.

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July 11, 2012  04:21 PM ET

Follow the NBA trend -- Oklahoma City.

July 11, 2012  06:44 PM ET

Da Captain of the Carnival Cruise Ship blamed the crew for abandoning the Ship, Sound Familiar Mr Wolff?

July 12, 2012  03:21 PM ET

Sacramento wouldn't be too enticing to me. Another small market baseball team. About the size of the Cleveland and Kansas City metro areas. Smaller than Pittsburgh.

 
July 13, 2012  03:39 AM ET

lew's business model must have been developed by a JC business major.
The Moose, Hatrunner, Slapshot, Dagweed, The Bishop and Willie know what they're talking about.

His entire organization is JV. It's transparent. Obvious to a fans level.

ENRON had a better run than lew wolf

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