MLB made San Jose an offer it couldn’t refuse in a request to delay a fall referendum on the proposal to bring the A’s to the city; we’re told more than likely the city will honor the request. Smart move. UPDATE: Yup, Mayor Chuck Reed just announced the referendum will be scrapped.
MLB made San Jose an offer it couldn’t refuse in a request to delay a fall referendum on the proposal to bring the A’s to the city; we’re told more than likely the city will honor the request.
That’s a smart move. San Jose and Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff went right up to the line in criticizing MLB Commissioner Bud Selig for moving too slowly on the A’s ballpark issue. They were right — by the time all is said and done, a committee appointed by Selig to resolve the issue will probably have met for over 20 months — but if you’re gonna poke a stick in the bee’s nest, you had best have a plan in mind. San Jose and Wolff got the attention of Selig; that’s enough for the time being.
For Selig, the politics of this situation are probably pretty uncomfortable; the San Francisco Giants are reportedly digging in the trenches in opposition to any move by the A’s to San Jose, and Oakland is quietly working on putting together a land parcel next to Jack London Square in downtown Oakland. We’re not entirely sure Wolff would pay for a new Oakland ballpark; the economics of Oakland are simply less compelling than the economics of San Jose, which is why the Giants are working so hard to keep the territory.
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