OAFC BBS - All Topics: Archive: What is Selig waiting for?
I was under the impression that we were suppose to hear from Bud Selig as to the future of the Oakland Athletics by now. What's the delay about? Are they waiting until after the start of the season as to not further alienate any potential early season ticket buyers? Are they colluding with San Jose and the Giants as I write this? Are Selig, Wolff, Fisher, San Jose, and the San Francisco Giants, having second thoughts about colluding to pry the A's from Oakland and the potential legal liabilities this may incur? What's going on?
probably negotiating $$
I think Bud just enjoys jerking A's fans around.
Maybe he did not get what he wanted and is trying to make them change it....remember he is Bud Selig
Let's hope this means that Oakland still has a good chance to keep our team where it belongs.
Sadly, I don't expect good news from the wait. It's really really hard for me to fathom that Selig is somehow working to make sure Oakland gets a fair shot at this. I hope that IS the case, but it's hard to believe.
Oakland needs to legally protect itself from any claims of territorial rights by Lew Wolff. Oakland has no choice but to "man up" or, it will never have a shot at baseball, soccer or hockey in our lifetime. It's also a case of fundamental fairness. If San Jose sets the precedent that they can't be claimed as a "territory" by the Giants, then by extension this means that Oakland has a right not to be claimed by a San Jose franchise. This goes for the "San Jose" A's, the San Jose Sharks, along with the San Jose Earthquakes. None of these franchises would have a right to prevent any franchise from locating in Oakland.
I hate to say it but they're gone. A perfect storm of greed and stupidity. Piccinini was are only hope.
I wouldn't lose hope just yet. This tale has many twists and turns. There will be lawsuits, from Oakland, from NIMBY opposition, from season ticket holders, from transit advocates, from environmental groups, etc. It takes a huge effort to relocate a franchise and build a new ballpark in California in this current economy. Oakland is the path of least resistance. Oakland is the geographic center of the Bay Area and is also the center of the fanbase.
its still easy to get to a ballgame from sacto san jose forget it they wont draw sac fans much or marin fans to hard .
Wolff and Fisher have basically told the San Francisco Giants that they can have the East Bay AND the North Bay to go along with their dominant position in the Peninsula. These guys think that by building a landlocked ballpark in downtown San Jose, where Giant fans outnumber A's fans by at least 70%, that somehow they'll be able to compete with the Giants who will still have their waterfront ballpark, along with virtually the entire Bay Area to draw from.
Relocation to oblivion. Ugly and poetic at the same time.
An equally sad fact is that they have already handed over much of the Eastbay. There are Giants fans all over the Eastbay. If you go to retailers in the Eastbay you will see equal split between A's and Giant's merchandise makes me sick but that's the reality.
Wolff and Fisher along with Schott before them, only have themselves to blame. When you have two successive ownerships running the franchise with a one foot out the door mentality, while coveting the South Bay, this is what you get. They deserve the number of fans that show up to games. Walter Haas had no problem attracting fans to the games when the population of the East Bay was much smaller. The question is, where do we go from here?
SF Chron writer John Shea tweets that "Contrary to reports, Bud Selig said he hasn't received report from his committee on #athletics and ballpark status. Coming in 'near future.' "
John Shea is on the Giants' post-game show with Marty Lurie right now. I caught a few minutes of it. Marty takes questions from callers and has intelligent discussions. How great would it have been to have him hosting a post-game show for the A's?
I've heard Townsend. He seems fine so far. I'm wondering whether he will attend at least the A's home games during the regular season, and do his own interviews of the players, staff, etc.
FWIW, F.P. Santangelo on KNBR said his show will be "A's-friendly". He had Dallas Braden on tonight, and he's had Chavez on as well.
I am sure the story would have been a lot worse had it happened in oakland. Sad but true.
Sad but true indeed
Selig ruined the game's radio broadcast for me today
Selig ruins everything he touches.
..."the Haas gave them territorial rights"
Bud is an idiot.
Lew's a carpetbagger.
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