I Think the real reason why Schott hasn't........
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I think the real reason that Schott hasn't committed to building a new ballpark in Oakland is because he's waiting on Selig to make his decison on the Expos, and if Selig makesthe decision to move the Expos to D.C. (in the Orioles territory) then he can cry about the South Bay and the Giants territory. So for anyone who is wondering why no Oakland Ballpark disscusions haven't really taken off,that's the reason.
| By jenmed on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 - 10:52 am:|
We don't know for sure what the "real" reason is.
But if that is indeed what Schott is thinking, he has some reality to come to grips with. The situations ARE NOT analagous no matter how much he wishes they were. When the current ownership group bought the Giants, one of the conditions of the deal was that they would retain the territorial rights to the South Bay. So this isn't some vague issue of historical territorial rights, but a commitment from the recent past.
And let's not get started on fighting this in a court of law . . . because of MLB's anti-trust exemption, the situations in which they can be sued are very limited (generally only to labor disputes.) The NFL this ain't.
| By oaktownfan on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 - 10:39 pm:|
The real reason why Schott doesn't want to build a new park in Oakland because he never wanted to keep the A's in OAKLAND when he first bought the team. He's had his eyes on the south bay the minute he bought the team from the Haas family.
If he REALLY wanted to build a park in Oakland, he would've at least showed up or sent somebody to the Oakland city council meetings two years ago but he didn't and it proves he doesn't think the A's future is here in Oakland.
If the expos move to DC or not, Schott will always look towards the south bay. He's never given Oakland a chance. A total jackass.
| By rono on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 - 11:33 pm:|
The possibility of the Expos moving to D.C. is MUCH greater than the chance that the A's might move to the San Jose area. There have already been two different major league franchises in D.C., and Baltimore is the relative newcomer, with a major league franchise having moved there from St. Louis. The situation with San Jose is different: Major League Baseball has a written agreement with the Giants NOT to move a franchise to San Jose.
The only thing that the two situations have in common is that both are ill advised economically. Why would you want to move the Expos to a city that has had TWO franchises fail? D.C. is as poor as a church mouse and needs federal funds just to keep it going. There is very little big corporate money in D.C., as it is populated for the most part with government bureaucrats and lawyers. Why will the Expos succeed where others have failed?
Why would you want to move the A's from the geographic center of the Bay Area to the southern edge of the region? In doing so, you have just eliminated reasonable access to half of the folks living in the Bay Area.
Sorry, Stevie Schott your little dream is destined to stay just that. As for Bud Selig's ideas . . .we already know he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
| By sactodavey on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 08:14 pm:|
if the A's move to san jose then i go to very few if any games same with other Sacramento fans, to long a drive and from marin county forget it.
makes no sense at all and it is not schotts intention anyway he is spinning it to make everyone think he is not making any money while he doctors the books making a smalll fortune in the net.
| By oaktownfan on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 06:46 am:|
A majority of the A's fans in the bay area come from Alameda County and to move the team a good 40 miles or so down south would leave the majority of A's fans have to travel even farther than they already do and with games during the evening, the traffic traveling down south would be a nightmare.
| By lightfoot on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:37 am:|
The traffic would be absolutely horrific if the A's moved down there. The traffic already gets nasty enough. Put a bunch of A's fans traveling back after a loss... Ugh.
On the baseball San Jose site, they're also running a poll about if the A's should lose the white shoes. That alone shows that SJ shouldn't get the A's!
| By eyleenn on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:55 am:|
Not only that, it means they have nothing of significance to talk about.
| By oaktownfan on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:21 pm:|
Well, it's not like hockey will be talken about anytime soon in SJ with the nhl going down the toilet.