The San Jose City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court its antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball that seeks to allow the Oakland A’s to move to city. It comes two weeks after an appeals court ruled against San Jose. Read more here.
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A federal appeals court has preserved Major League Baseball’s roadblock to the Oakland A’s proposed move to San Jose on Thursday, setting the stage for the South Bay city’s against-the-odds appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to roll back the sport’s nearly century-old exemption from antitrust laws. Read more and view rendering here.
Major League Baseball’s lawyers say in a court filing that the Oakland Athletics’ request to move to San Jose was turned down in June by commissioner Bud Selig. Read more here.
A residents group suing San Jose over plans to build a new downtown ballpark for the Oakland A’s has filed a new complaint accusing the city of illegally maintaining a land-purchase agreement with the team. Read more here.
The city of San Jose (CA) has filed a federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball disputing MLB’s exemption to federal antitrust law, which MLB has used as a “guise” to control the location of teams, according to the suit. City officials have grown increasingly frustrated with MLB’s delay in having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics’ proposed move to a new ballpark in San Jose. Read more here.
As the four-year impasse drags on over the proposed move by the Oakland A’s to a new ballpark in downtown San Jose, frustrated business leaders eager to tap an anticipated fan spending windfall have begun exploring the idea of suing Major League Baseball and the San Francisco Giants for holding it up. Read more here. Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.
California State Controller John Chiang filed a report on Thursday finding that San Jose inappropriately transferred properties, cash and other assets from its former redevelopment agency before it and hundreds of other agencies were exterminated by Gov. Jerry Brown, but Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff is not concerned nor deterred from his campaign to move his team to San Jose. Read more here.
Bill Shaikin from the Los Angeles Times is reporting that credible sources have secretly told him that the commissioner’s office has provided the Oakland Athletics with tentative guidelines for a potential move to San Jose. Meeting the guidelines wouldn’t mean a move would happen, but it could lead to a vote by MLB owners. Read more here.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig‘s blue-ribbon committee on the Oakland A’s ballpark situation discretely slipped into the Bay Area this past week to meet with San Jose and Oakland officials about their new ballpark plans. San Jose is still in a tussle with state officials over Governor Jerry Brown‘s disbanding of redevelopment agencies. New developments in Oakland could give life Continue reading
After the MLB owners’ meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Bud Selig said there is no timetable for making a decision on the proposed move by the Oakland A’s to San Jose, but he did suggest that A’s owner Lew Wolff could consider other relocation possibilities, depending on where the markets are located. Wolff remains focused on San Jose. Read more here.
Some sources are saying the Oakland A’s will pressure owners to make a decision on the team’s desired move to San Jose at next month’s owner’s meeting, but other sources are saying they’ll continue to patiently wait for a decision. Read more here.
Two investment groups have expressed interest in buying the Oakland A’s, including one group that dropped out of the bidding war for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But owner Lew Wolff has said that the team is not for sale. Wolff and his partner bought the A’s for $172 million in 2005, so they could make a healthy profit. That said, we suspect there is a lot more at play here than simple Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Recent articles claiming that Major League Baseball has decided that the A’s cannot share the two-team Bay Area market were denied by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig last weekend. Continue reading
While MLB has not given its blessing to allow the Oakland A’s to relocate to San Jose, the city is wasting no time ramping up road improvements that will help alleviate traffic congestion should the new ballpark project move forward. Read more here.
The State of California’s dismantling of local redevelopment agencies has forced the City of Oakland to ditch a proposed plan for a new waterfront ballpark for the Oakland A’s. Local officials will now target the Coliseum site to try and save the club. That said, the A’s already have one foot out the door, awaiting approval from MLB to finally move the team to San Jose. Read more here.
During the MLB owners’ meetings this week in Arizona, Commissioner Bud Selig was given a contract extension until 2014. In addition, while the bid by the Oakland A’s to move to San Jose was not on the official agenda during the meetings, Selig said that the issue is on the “front burner” and that MLB is moving at a “rather quick pace” to resolve the situation. Read more here.
In recent weeks, the Oakland A’s have been talking as though the move to San Jose is inevitable, but former San Francisco Giants managing general partner Peter Magowan believes it’s “wishful thinking.” Reportedly, the A’s stadium issue is not on the agenda for the owners meetings in Scottsdale (AZ) in two weeks. Read more here.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and other city officials have sent a letter to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig indicating that the city has two viable sites for a new ballpark for the Oakland A’s. Read more here. This appears to be too little too late, as signs seem to point to San Jose. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
In a story today, Mark Purdy from the San Jose Mercury News provides a number of factual bullets that appear to point to a timely finalization of the plan to bring the Oakland A’s to San Jose. Read more here. Read more about the city’s land deal with the team here and here. View Cisco Field rendering here. Thanks to John Cerone for the news.
The San Jose City Council voted 10-1 on Tuesday to approve a land deal that would give the Oakland A’s an exclusive option to buy nearly 5 acres of downtown land for $6.9 million, as long as the land is used to build a new stadium. As eluded to in the Mercury News, this move was likely done to put pressure on Bud Selig and MLB to finally make a decision about the future of the A’s. Read more here.
Back on September 8, 2010, 75 top CEOs from Silicon Valley companies like Cisco, Adobe, Yahoo, and E-Bay wrote MLB Commissioner Bud Selig a letter expressing support for the A’s move from Oakland to San Jose. To date, these technology power hitters representing over $1 trillion in corporate and personal wealth have not received a courtesy phone call, letter, post card, e-mail, Continue reading
The MercuryNews.com compares the proposed sites/plans in San Jose and Oakland for a new Oakland A’s ballpark, as the City of Oakland makes a last ditch effort to keep the team in town. Read more here.
Mercury News reporter Monte Poole makes the case for the Oakland A’s to remain in Oakland. We can’t disagree with what he has to say. Read more here. That said, the real problem here remains MLB Commissioner Bug Selig, who needs to stop farting around and make a decision about territorial rights. If MLB is going to reject a move to San Jose, then let’s get on with it.
The City of San Jose is reportedly going to pull back on a plan to put the proposed new ballpark for the Oakland A’s on the November ballot. Obviously, there have been some interesting behind the scenes discussions (or scoldings) going on here with the MLB powers. The saga continues… Read more here.
The City of San Jose and Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff have decided to move forward with a plan to put the proposed new Oakland A’s ballpark on the November ballot, even without the blessing of Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball. Selig is not happy about the move and called it “premature.” The special committee put in place to study the territorial rights issue with the San Francisco Giants has had 16 months to hash this out, so we like the bold (but risky) move. Read more here.
Despite objections by opponents that include the San Jose Sharks and a group backed by the San Francisco Giants, the San Jose City Council voted on Tuesday night to approve a revised environmental impact report for a new downtown San Jose ballpark for the Oakland A’s. Read more here.
Efforts to bring the A’s to San Jose (CA) are creeping ahead. The San Jose Planning Commission voted 4-1 on Wednesday to approve a supplemental environmental impact report for a proposed new 32,000 to 36,000-seat, $461 million ballpark. Read more here.
The battle of the experts is nothing new in the world of ballpark feasibilty studies, so it is no surprise that sports economists are questioning the economic analysis commissioned by the city for the proposed new ballpark in San Jose. Read more here.