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SBD/Issue 134/Facilities & Venues
MLB Appoints Committee To Examine A's Ballpark Situation
Published March 31, 2009
|Selig's (r) Announcement May Indicate His
Intent To Keep A's In Oakland
TERRITORY WAR: In San Jose, John Ryan writes, "In an ocean of insignificant moves, this one stands out for its significance." MLB, for the first time, publicly acknowledged that the "Giants' territorial rights are up for discussion" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/31). But Giants Managing General Partner Bill Neukom yesterday said the formation of the committee shows MLB wants to help the A's "find a home in their territory -- Alameda and Contra Costa counties." Neukom: "They have territorial rights. We have territorial rights. They need a better home. That's fine. We agree with that. We support them with that and the Commissioner is saying, 'Let's find them a home in their territory'" (MLB.com, 3/30). David Chai, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums' Chief of Staff, said, "It's a positive step moving forward. It's in the city's overall best interest to keep the A's." Chai said that he "hoped Cisco and Comcast's commitment to help finance the construction of a new stadium in Fremont would also extend to Oakland, buoying the city's hopes of keeping the team" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/31).
Is Selig Truly Looking Out For A's And
Baseball's Best Interests?
BATTLE BY THE BAY: In S.F., Susan Slusser notes DirecTV and CSN California, the A's new TV home, have yet to agree on a proposal to put A's games on a "basic-level tier level in the Bay Area, as Giants games are." Because CSN California is "increasing its programming, including the number of games, HD telecasts and pre- and postgame shows," CSN "assesses all affiliates a prorated fee increase for the extra production costs, which is standard." However, there are "rumblings that DirecTV, unhappy about the fee increase, might black out A's games in the Bay Area, though that could be construed as a breach of contract." CSN California officials believe that distribution agreements "will be reached before Opening Night" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/31).