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San Jose Mayor Wants MLB To Drop Giants' Territorial Rights

San Jose, Santa Clara County Protesting Giants'
Territorial Rights In County
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is recommending that the city urge MLB to "drop the San Francisco Giants' territorial rights to Santa Clara County," according to David Goll of the SILICON VALLEY/SAN JOSE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Reed in a memo to San Jose City Council members released Friday "outlined his plans to lay the groundwork for attracting the A's." Reed in the memo wrote, "San Jose is a place where people act boldly when opportunity presents itself. Now, with the possibility that a [MLB] team will make its home in San Jose, I recommend that the City move quickly, so we are prepared to take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity. We must be ready should the team and [MLB] make a decision to allow the A's to pursue development of a stadium in San Jose" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/3). In San Jose, John Woolfolk reported draft resolutions that San Jose and Santa Clara County officials "expect to approve Tuesday call the Giants' territorial rights to Santa Clara County an infringement on local rights of 'self-determination, autonomy and independence.'" The city and county officials in the resolutions said that the Giants' territorial claim was initially "intended to clear the way for the Giants to move in 1992 to Santa Clara County, which never happened." Meanwhile, Woolfolk noted the city council tomorrow also will "consider steps needed to complete the stadium plan should baseball officials agree to let the A's move there, including additional environmental study and land acquisition, and winning over neighbors who are dreading the traffic and noise a stadium would bring" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/4).

GIANT INTEREST: In San Jose, Denis Theriault wrote MLB officials "must decide whether Silicon Valley's deep well of corporate cash is really the cure-all for the A's or instead the untouchable financial pillar that props up the Giants." The Giants said that without revenue from Silicon Valley, the team "couldn't afford the stadium it plays in, which was built without a public subsidy and is heavily leveraged." Giants Senior VP/Communications Staci Slaughter: "Obviously, our financing is tied to our sponsorship revenue, our ticket revenue, and we have certain goals we have to hit. And if you have a large share of your sponsors coming from that area, that's a critical part of the equation." Theriault noted the Giants' list of investors is a "who's-who of Silicon Valley players, starting with" Managing General Partner Bill Neukom and including former Apple CEO John Sculley, former Yahoo President & COO Jeffrey Mallett, California-based venture capitalist Arthur Rock, Cisco Systems Senior VP Daniel Scheinman and Sutter Hill Ventures Founder Paul Wythes. Giants President & COO Larry Baer: "On all levels, it's the heart of our business" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/5).

 
JUST IN TIME: In San Jose, John Ryan reports DirecTV will carry A's games on Comcast SportsNet California, as an "11th-hour deal promised by all sides appears to be happening." DirecTV Dir or PR Robert Mercer said that the "'vast majority' of Bay Area subscribers would be able to see" tonight's A's-Angels season opener as "negotiations wrap up to get CSN California carried on the same access tier as CSN Bay Area" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/6).

LOCAL PERSPECTIVE: In Oakland, Jonathan Okanes notes CSN Bay Area today debuts "SportsNet Central," a half-hour sports news program "devoted solely to Bay Area sports." The show is "similar to ones Comcast SportsNet already has running in a handful of other major markets across the country," including N.Y., Philadelphia, Chicago and DC. The net today is also debuting "Chronicle Live," an hour-long sports-talk show hosted by Giants pre- and post-game show host Greg Papa that will "feature a rotating panel of experts to discuss the issues and topics pertinent to Bay Area sports" (CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 4/6).

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