Oakland A's Will Put Stadium Issue On Owners' Meetings Agenda

It seems like forever since the Oakland A’s began their push to build a new stadium in San Jose, but in reality it’s only been about three years.

“Only”. That’s really quite a long time, and now the Athletics are getting serious. From Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:

The Chronicle has learned that the A’s plan to put their stadium issue onto the agenda for next month’s owners meetings in New York.

A major-league source said the team is placing the stadium issue on the agenda in the hopes that a vote will be taken on the A’s desire to move to San Jose.

The rest of Slusser’s article is a rehash of where we’ve been before: the Giants don’t want the A’s in San Jose because it’s been their “territory” since the late 1980s, and Bud Selig did some more of the harrumphing he does so well:

Commissioner Bud Selig made some interesting statements to Tracy Ringolsby of FoxSports.com last month, telling Ringolsby, “Both sides are deeply positioned and I am in the middle of trying to fashion some type of an agreement. It is very complicated.”

If baseball had a commissioner with any backbone, it wouldn’t be that complicated, but this is Bud Selig we’re talking about. Anyway, Slusser writes that the A’s might ask for a simple vote of owners; they’d need a 75 percent yes vote to override the Giants, and:

Should the A’s fail to get enough votes to override the Giants’ territorial rights, it is possible that San Jose will consider filing a lawsuit against Major League Baseball, challenging its anti-trust exemption.

Well, baseball surely wouldn’t want that. Things could get interesting at the owners’ meetings. Stay tuned.

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