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BAY-AREA TEAM NEWS: A'S OWNERS COMMITTED TO OAKLAND
Published June 3, 1996
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).