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Athletics still hoping for San Jose home

Major League commissioner Bud Selig recently talked about the Oakland Athletics’ stadium issue. He said it’s up to owner Lew Wolff whether to consider different sites for a new ballpark but he also said that as of now, he’s focused on a move to San Jose. He also said at the quarterly owners’ meeting that there’s still no timetable for a resolution on the San Jose issue. For now, it’s up to the San Francisco Giants because they control the territory that includes San Jose.

At the moment, Wolff can look at any location within his territory without getting league approval. If he wants to move, then it gets a little stickier. San Jose is closer to San Francisco than Oakland, and the Giants were given that territory when the built their new ballpark, so it looks like it’s going to take a lot for the Giants to let the Athletics move in.

MLB has record-breaking weekend

With interleague play across baseball last weekend, the turnstiles appeared to move more then at any other time on this side of the Memorial Day weekend. Whether you like interleague play or not, there were 1,652,935 tickets sold in the 45 games over the weekend and this breaks the record set in 2006, when 1,640,976 tickets were sold in the weekend before Memorial Day.

It also was the best-attended 45-game weekend since the final weekend of the 2008 season. Baseball attendance has been good so far and through Sunday, it was were at 18,637,924 tickets sold, which is 6.7 percent better then this time last year.

Mets get 2013 All-Star Game

The New York Mets and their ballpark, Citi Field, were awarded the 2013 All-Star Game. It’s the second time the Mets will have hosted; the last was 1964 at Shea Stadium. This isn’t a big surprise because most new ballparks have gotten the All-Star Game within a few years of construction.

Aroldis Chapman sued for $18 million

Danilo Curbelo Garcia recently sued in Miami federal court alleging that Cincinnati Reds fireballer Aroldis Chapman falsely accused him in a human trafficking case. He’s suing for $18 million in damages. How the story goes is that to get in the Cuban government’s favor, he threw Garcia under the bus. That favor allowed Chapman to rejoin his team, which eventually went to the Netherlands where Chapman defected from.

Garcia is a legal U.S. resident who lives in Miami, but he also hold Cuban citizenship. The lawsuit was filed just before Chapman was arrested for driving under suspended license in Ohio earlier this week.

Minor league merchandise sales did well in 2011

Minor League Baseball announced this week that licensed merchandise generated $52.2 million in sales in 2011. This was the third best year since 1991 and it’s a 2.2 percent increase from 2010.

Of the top 25 top-selling teams, only four weren’t in the top 25 in 2010. The new teams were the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Louisville Bats, the Omaha Storm Chasers and the Salt Lake Bees.


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ely
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ely
i’d take issue with “San Jose is closer to San Francisco than Oakland, and the Giants were given that territory when the built their new ballpark, so it looks like it’s going to take a lot for the Giants to let the Athletics move in.” 1. while SJ may be, as the crow flies, closer to SF than to Oakland, SJ is further from SF than Oakland is. so the issue is not proximity or any kind of “physical” encroachment. 2. the Giants got the territorial rights to SJ years before they built their current ballpark – they asked for… Read more »
Brian
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Brian

Interesting Ely.  I guess I’m just going with what I have.  If there was no way the Giants were giving up their rights, then I don’t understand why Oakland is still pressing the issue.  MLB seems to want to stay out of it so my assumption was that because the A’s weren’t looking at other options, there’s still a chance a San Jose move is possible.

Darren
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Darren

There is little doubt of what the Giants are trying to do.  However, the question comes down to the Giants’ “rights” to San Jose.  This is just a ton of posturing coming from the Giants.  There is some validity to it.  But keeping in mind these rights were given to the Giants by the A’s to facilitate the Giants move that never happened.  I don’t think their claim is that strong.  They are going to get compensated in the end.  The Giants are just being difficult to get the best possible deal.

ely
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ely
brian, as far as “just going with what I have,” even accountants (especially accountants) should know not to go by public pronouncements of owners, commissioners & politicans. follow the money! as for “I don’t understand why Oakland is still pressing the issue.” they don’t (to there way of thinking) have any viable alternative. They believe (reasonably in most cases) (1) staying in Oakland is untenable, (2) the Giants rights claim is bogus (ie, based on historical accident, involving prior ownership groups over 20 yrs ago, granted for a giants’ move to SJ which never occurred), (3) its in mlb’s best… Read more »
ely
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ely

make that “(3) its in mlb’s best interest if A’s move to SJ from” Oakland

CraigM
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CraigM

“Do you know the way to San Jose?” Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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Something missing :  When the A’s first mentioned the move to San Jose, the Giants purchased their AAA team, which is in San Jose.  So SF ‘rights’ to San Jose are a lot stronger than mentioned. San Jose for years refused to build a park, until the Obama election.  I suppose the voters changed horses in San Jose and the newbies think it’s a deal, history says otherwise. A’s have no reason to sell (they have existed for years in their current fashion), but they are happy to spread that idea around.  The A’s can swap with their AAA club,… Read more »
Mac
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Mac

Hey all, the territorial rights issue has a long and convoluted history. There was a really good article posted on Athletics Nation last month that delves deeply into the history. Very much recommended before making any judgments on the issue.

http://www.athleticsnation.com/2012/4/18/2958535/territorial-rights-a-not-so-brief-history

ely
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ely
i agree, an excellent primer. call me cynical, but i’m going to take exception to the article’s conclusion/summation (quoted below): A brief summation: Why territorial rights? Oakland did SF a favor when they were trying to build a new stadium in the early 90’s and were considering the South Bay. Territorial rights were created in the hope that it would give the Giants the public votes to support a new South Bay ballpark. That didn’t work out. Unfortunately, the territorial rights “favor” had financial value which was included in the price of the Giants franchise when the team was sold… Read more »
ely
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ely

oops.
change “oral arguments” to “moral arguments” (oral, written, or otherwise)

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