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BAY-AREA TEAM NEWS: A'S OWNERS COMMITTED TO OAKLAND

     A's Co-Owner Steve Schott talked with S.F. CHRONICLE
columnist Glenn Dickey about the recent reports of a split with
co-Owner Ken Hoffman and speculation the team would move to
Sacramento.  Schott:  "We bought this team because we were asked
to do it to keep it in Oakland.  If I'd known it would be like
this, I'm not sure I'd have done it."  Schott said they would
continue to try and "make it work at the Coliseum," but added if
they had to look at relocation, Sacramento in not an option
because "there just isn't the population there."   Schott:  "The
Bay Area has the population and the corporations that you need
for economic support."  Scott is getting more involved in the
business side of the team and traveled with the team on the last
road to get ideas to stimulate attendance (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/3).
     49ERS MONEY MAN:  The 49ers recent hiring of William Duffy
as the team's CFO & VP of Business Ops is a "significant move"
for an organization that "prides itself for running a tight and
successful ship."  Duffy replaces Keith Simons, who will become
Dir of Stadium Development. Duffy previously worked for the NFL's
Management Council and is "dubbed a cap master" (Timothy Smith,
N.Y. TIMES, 6/2).
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