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Lew Wolff Voices Strong Bias For New A's Ballpark In San Jose
Published March 27, 2009
|Wolff Says San Jose "In As Good A Position As
Any City In California" To Be A's Home
I CAN FEEL THE EARTH MOVE: Wolff Thursday also confirmed that his development partners for a new 15,000-seat soccer-specific stadium for the MLS Earthquakes, which he also owns, have asked San Jose to "accept a lower price for that stadium site because of the cratering economy." Wolff hinted that a "failure to reach an agreement could doom the city's immediate chances for a soccer stadium." The SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS' Theriault notes the soccer stadium proposal already has been "scaled down and seen its luxury boxes stripped out to reduce construction costs, now expected at less" than $100M. While Wolff indicated that he is in "active discussions with potential naming sponsors" for the stadium, plans to "build hotels and office space on another part of the site have been placed on hold" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/27).
STRIKING OUT: In San Jose, John Ryan notes the A's and DirecTV still have not reached a carriage deal for the team's games on CSN California. Also, "contrary to earlier indications, it appears there's no agreement with Dish Network either." The lack of the carriage deals "leaves hundreds of thousands of Bay Area households in the lurch" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/27).