No movement in A's-Giants territorial dispute
Teams meet with MLB's executive council over issue of San Jose
NEW YORK -- Representatives for the Giants and A's made presentations on Wednesday to Major League Baseball's executive council in their ongoing disagreement regarding the rights to San Jose, Commissioner Bud Selig said on Thursday, but there was no resolution of the issue.The A's want to leave Oakland and build a new ballpark in San Jose, but the Giants have declined to relinquish their rights to San Jose and Santa Clara County, rights that are included in MLB's constitution since 1990. The controversy has been analyzed by a committee that was appointed by Selig three years ago. "This is part of the process we're going through, but I certainly can't give you a timetable," Selig told the media after the two days of the owners' quarterly meetings ended on Thursday. "As I've said before, it's a complicated, complex issue. People think it's taking a long time, but if you look at all the issues you'd understand it better. "The committee I've appointed has spent an awful lot of hours on it and, in fact, it's interesting because every day there are new things that they discover. But the idea is to get it right and if it takes a little longer, that's fine." Asked if the A's were free to explore relocating outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, Selig said, "You'd have to ask Lew Wolff," referring to the A's managing partner, "that's really his decision to make." Wolff told the San Jose Mercury News afterward that his goal is still a move to San Jose.
"Number one, my only objective is to remain in the Bay Area," Wolff said. "And based on all our studies, plus receiving no indication from the blue-ribbon committee that we missed anything, the only location we can find to build a ballpark that's do-able is in downtown San Jose. I intend to do that. And we intend to invest half a billion dollars in private funds to do so."The A's would need 75-percent approval from the rest of the 29 owners to move the franchise out of their territory, either to San Jose or anywhere else. "They need approval," Selig said. "They have to go through an approval process."
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.