Wolff: No idea when MLB owners will discuss A’s move

Hey, remember when USA Today’s Bob Nightengale was confidently predicting that MLB owners would grant the Oakland A’s permission to move to San Jose by February? Apparently he should have specified which February. From the San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea:

Managing general partner Lew Wolff, who attended Tuesday’s game, conceded that the A’s stadium issue won’t be on the agenda at the May 16-17 owners’ meetings, and he wouldn’t guess whether it’ll be included at the next owners’ meetings in August.

In other words, the status quo stands: Bud Selig still isn’t going to step in to intercede in the A’s-Giants territorial rights squabble, which means gridlock for the foreseeable future. Also, Bob Nightengale might just want to get out of the prediction business.

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12 comments on “Wolff: No idea when MLB owners will discuss A’s move

  1. It is time for Lew Wolff to sell the A’s to an owner committed to keeping the team in Oakland and working towards a new ballpark. Lew Wolff seems more interested in his real estate empire than on building the A’s into a winner.

  2. Screw Oakland. If the A’s want to go to San Jose, I say godspeed! Oakland is a dump. No point building a new stadium there. Really and truly.

  3. Dean, it’s funny you say that because moving to San Jose does nothing for Wolff’s real estate empire. Besides, if San Jose doesn’t happen, Oakland isn’t going to happen either and the A’s will eventually leave in the coming years once MLB figures out which city they’re going to bilk for public funds. Oakland has no money to build a ballpark publicly and their current plan calls for the contstruciton of a $3 billion dollar “Coliseum City” with funds to be provided by ???

  4. So what would happen if Wolff said “up yours” to the Giants, pulled an Al Davis and said we are building a stadium and moving there whether you like it or not.

  5. Actually Dan that’s 100% inaccurate. Wolff owns several properties in downtown San Jose and stands to have a major uptick in real estate ROI with increased ballpark traffic.

  6. MLB would block him and eventually strip him of the franchise. MLB has the Anti-Trust exemption NFL lacked which let Al Davis to move in the first place.

  7. It’s really unclear, actually. MLB’s antitrust exemption is stronger than the NFL’s, but both leagues have them. And while Al Davis did defy the NFL and win, there haven’t been any other test cases in any leagues to set a broad precedent.

    In other words: If Wolff tried to pull an Al Davis, it would make for a really interesting court case. But the downside of losing a pitched battle with MLB is probably enough that Wolff isn’t going to risk it.

  8. Al Davis left and went right into an already existing stadium.

    Al Davis didn’t need a “ok” from Los Angeles voters.

    @Dan – Quan has her green card from China money. The city unlike the Victory Court site, has already started the Coliseum City EIR. AEG is poised to contribute to the project too!

  9. @azephan,
    Oakland is now completely irrelevant in the A’s ballpark discussion. As for “Coliseum City,” it might happen for a new Raiders stadium, but that’s about it (A’s, Warriors gone!).
    BTW Neil, didn’t see any post from you regarding Selig working out a deal between the A’s and Giants for SJ. I guess that news didn’t fit your “world view” of this whole saga. (I guess Jim Madden has more credibility than Selig on this matter…lol!)

  10. @azephan,
    Oakland is now completely irrelevant in the A’s ballpark discussion. As for “Coliseum City,” it might happen for a new Raiders stadium, but that’s about it (A’s, Warriors gone!).
    BTW Neil, didn’t see any post from you regarding Selig working out a deal between the A’s and Giants for SJ. I guess that news didn’t fit your “world view” of this whole saga. (I guess Jim Madden has more credibility than Selig on this matter…lol!)

  11. azephan, Quan has no money to speak of. She blew the last of her proverbial wad on the EIR. And even then they’ve authorized EIRs before, whether they’ll even finish is another thing. And it still doesn’t pay for the 3 venues. Nor will AEG pay without an ownership stake in one or more of the franchises (and even if they do it won’t be nearly enough to build any of them. Without the majority coming from the teams (which won’t happen) or the city suddenly finding over 2 billion dollars they misplaced Coliseum is already DOA. It’s nothing more than a political ploy by Quan to say “hey I did something” when in fact she’s done next to nothing.

  12. It’s over. MLB won’t stick a knife in the back of the Giants to appease John Fisher–Lew Wolfe owns a very small % of the team. What is more likely is what happened with the Expos. MLB bought the team, ran it for several years, sold it to a new group and then every team received a check for their share of the team.The A’s “new” location is more likely to be Cuba than San Jose (after Fidel dies maybe??)

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