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TALK OF A'S MOVE SPARKS MUCH TALK IN S.F. BAY AREA
Published March 24, 1998
A's Owners Steve Schott and Ken Hofmann "will not move the team from the Bay Area," according to columnist Glenn Dickey of the S.F. CHRONICLE, who wrote that "if they decide to sell to owners in another city, their lease requires that they first put the team up for sale to possible local buyers for six months." Dickey wrote that a winning, exciting team will bring fans back to the ballpark, "but they won't return if there's constant speculation that the owners are so unhappy they may move the team" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/23). SAY JOSE? In San Jose, Bryant & Kurtzman wrote that a "small group of baseball enthusiasts" told Santa Clara, CA, City Council members that it "will present a plan within a month to build a stadium" for the A's (MERCURY NEWS, 3/19). ...In S.F., Bruce Jenkins said an A's-to-San-Jose move "will never happen" as the Giants own the territorial rights: "Some say that territorial agreement is flimsy, but if the Giants go to court, they'll win" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/21).