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Wolff meets with Knauss, has clear message: A’s not for sale

Oakland AthleticsA meeting between Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff and Clorox CEO Don Knauss reaffirmed the status quo: Wolff’s focus is on moving the team to a new San Jose ballpark.

Knauss was among the Oakland business leaders who raised the possibility of buying the A’s to keep them in the city — a possibility quickly shot down by Wolff, who says the team isn’t for sale. That stance was again stated when the pair met yesterday. Knauss did what was expected: he laid out a case for keeping the A’s in Oakland. And Wolff did what was expected: he shot down the idea:

“I was just trying to be courteous, that we’ve explored everything (in Oakland),” Wolff said. “We went over in great detail what we’ve done. You’d have to ask him what he thought.”

The meeting wasn’t expected to break the stalemate between the A’s and MLB over a move to San Jose. On that front the status quo remains: the San Francisco Giants continue to assert their territorial rights to Silicon Valley, and there’s no consensus among MLB owners on how — or if — to proceed.

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