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"They can't stay here, so we're going to have to find an alternative," Selig said.

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By diamond_lil on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 09:33 am:

"They can't stay here, so we're going to have to find an alternative," Selig said.

here's some alternatives:

1.Allow the team to be sold to a group willing to make a commitment to Oakland (Selig has nixed at least 3 very viable groups willing to keep the team in Oakland and ONE willing to build a ballpark in downtown Oakland).

2.Stop using the "new ballpark" panacea as the alternative solution. It is an old and very weak "alternative" since several teams with new ballparks are struggling both on and off the field, starting with the Brewers etc...

3.Fix the real problem in MLB which is the cheating by players and owners, from drug use to cooking their books. Stop the CORRUPTION and the EXTORTION!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By chris_d on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 10:23 am:

Good Oakland Trib article on Selig's visit. Best part:

But the sagging fortunes on the field of some teams that have new ballparks and the success of others that play in so-called outdated stadiums has thrown a curve into the new-ballpark argument.

Baseball financial documents show eight teams with new ballparks began the 2004 season with lower payrolls than Oakland, which has been to the playoffs four years in a row.

The team with the lowest player payroll, at $27.5 million, is the Milwaukee Brewers, formerly run by Selig and still operated by his family.

The Brewers, which haven't had a winning season since 1992, moved into a $413 million stadium financed primarily with public funds in 2001. The Brewers promised a new ballpark would result in higher payrolls and better teams. But even though the team's revenue shot up by 70 percent after the new park opened, according to a new audit, the team's payroll declined the past two years.

http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1865~2133931,00.html

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By tekgraf on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 10:36 am:

In that same article it goes on to say: that the south bay in not an alternative. The south bay is the territory of the SF Giants and they should not even contemplate the move down there.

This is good for Oakland.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By chris_d on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 11:11 am:

Lowell Cohn in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/column/cohn/07cohn.html

Excerpt:
He is dealing with A's ownership which has bad-mouthed the Coliseum so relentlessly it's a wonder anyone shows up. It's an ownership that casts a covetous eye on the South Bay, and lets everyone know about it. And it's an ownership that never actually says what it will contribute to a ballpark project. I mean, don't expect Oakland or anyone else to donate a park to the A's, not in these troubling economic times. Publicly-financed ballparks are a thing of the past. A's ownership needs to step up and offer something. But A's ownership is like someone buying a house. The seller says, "Make me an offer." And A's owners say, "I'll pay you something. Don't press me on the details."

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By chris_d on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 11:17 am:

Monte Poole's column on Selig "the impostor"

http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~10835~2133546,00.html

Excerpt:
"But this guy spent a half-hour insulting the intelligence of everyone who listened.

The "real" Bud would never do that. Would he?

The man introduced as Selig quickly predicted the demise of the A's, blaming it on the ballpark. The Net, he said, puts the A's at a "competitive disadvantage."

Which is geek-speak for, "the A's can't win in this ballpark," even if he meant the A's can't win in Oakland.

But facts prove otherwise. The A's have won at the Net. As team executives continue to complain about the ballpark, the team continues to march into the postseason. Four consecutive trips at last count."

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eyleenn on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 01:02 pm:

Even Bruce Jenkins thinks Selig is full of hot air.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/05/07/SPGC26HECU1.DTL

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By 5thtimethecharm on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 01:12 pm:

The best part of Poole's piece:

"Listening to 'Bud,' I found my mind drifting toward the plight of the West Contra Costa County school system, which is facing the possibility to eliminating sports and closing libraries.

"If the public has a choice of which to subsidize, it's not a choice."

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By bubba69 on Saturday, May 08, 2004 - 09:14 am:

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