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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:07 PM

MLB reportedly gives A's outline for potential move

mlb.com / 2-21-13

PHOENIX -- There appears to be some traction regarding the A's ongoing stadium situation, with the Los Angeles Times reporting on Thursday that Major League Baseball has provided the club with an outline for a potential move to San Jose.

Nothing is imminent, according to the report, and even the sheer existence of these guidelines doesn't guarantee a move will come. But if the A's can follow the instructions set forth by MLB, Commissioner Bud Selig would likely be inclined to let club owners decide whether to approve such a move.

The Giants, who hold territorial rights to San Jose as part of their hold over Santa Clara County, have opposed the A's proposed move there, and their ability to challenge it is not affected by discussions between the A's and MLB.

The A's would need 75 percent of the clubs to approve the move in order to rescind the territorial rights held by the Giants, who could put a halt to it all by lining up seven clubs to vote with them. They could also choose to sue to deter the project from advancing.

MORE: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130221&content_id=41852422&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

I like the A's and want them to stay in the Bay Area, but I can't see owners voting for such a move into Giants' territory. Selig is full of shit. Looks like delaying tactics to me.

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Reply MLB reportedly gives A's outline for potential move (Original post)
Auggie Feb 2013 OP
madinmaryland Feb 2013 #1
charlie and algernon Feb 2013 #2
Auggie Feb 2013 #3
charlie and algernon Feb 2013 #4
madinmaryland Feb 2013 #5
charlie and algernon Feb 2013 #6
madinmaryland Feb 2013 #7
JonLP24 Feb 2013 #10
hughee99 Feb 2013 #11
Jamaal510 Feb 2013 #8
Auggie Feb 2013 #9

Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:22 PM

1. Two things, Auggie. A move to...

Philadelphia would make a lot more sense, and they could then have Connie Mack IV manager and GM the team!!

Think of the possibilities!



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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:20 AM

2. How about Las Vegas?

They can even rename themselves the Las Vegas Aces!

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Response to charlie and algernon (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:01 AM

3. Las Vegas has been mentioned often

It makes sense with a metro population of almost 2 million.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:25 AM

4. Yeah, but the problem will always be that it's Vegas.

No team wants to be the first one to move to the gambling capital of the world. Especially after Pete Rose.

But other than that, Las Vegas is perfectly big enough to host a Major League sports team. Oklahoma City would be a good candidate as well.

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Response to charlie and algernon (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:30 AM

5. But Pete Rose would be the perfect manager for a Vegas team!!

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:29 AM

6. And Michael Jordan could be the GM and owner

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Response to charlie and algernon (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:30 AM

7. The owner would have to be Eddie DeBartolo!!


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Response to charlie and algernon (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:09 PM

10. I don't think the problem is necessarily gambling

It's because there is so much shit to do in Vegas. A lot of pro owners don't want that much competition for the entertainment dollar.

Also there is the idea that casinos would buy up all the tickets so potential customers would have to come to the casino. Marlins President David Samson didn't mind that idea.

Samson also told the crowd about his early negotiations to move the Marlins to either San Antonio or Las Vegas while stadium discussions had stalled in Dade.

He says he took a meeting with Las Vegas's former mayor Oscar Goodman in a room full of four showgirls, and suggested that casinos would buy out all of team's tickets to ensure that no one left the strip to catch a ball game.

"We don't care if nobody comes," Samson said (Miami Today reports he had a smile on his face at the time). "We'll play in front of nobody, and we'll have all the money."

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2012/03/marlins_prez_david_samson_call.php

Also LV needs a state-of-the-art ballpark if they want a major pro team.

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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:05 PM

11. So, basically, the Marlins would play to the same size crowds they have now,

except the games would be sellouts.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:54 PM

8. Boooooooo!


I know that pro baseball is a business, but I still just find it so messed up that Lew Wolff is still willing to move out of town even after all the support from the local fans over the years, and even just last year. That rich cheapskate doesn't want to pay for a stadium himself, so he wants the city of Oakland to do it even though we are already broke and many people here can't really afford to go to every game.

I'll tell you one thing--if the A's do move out of town, I will never support them ever again. I'll quit going to their games for good, and I will burn all of my A's gear.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:01 PM

9. Maybe if the Warriors leave for San Francisco

a new baseball stadium could be built where the arena is. The Coliseum complex is ideally located and served by great public transit.

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