SBD/November 21, 2011/Franchises

MLB Trying To Speed Up Decision Regarding Possible A's Move To San Jose

MLB is "trying to accelerate a decision on whether to allow" the A's to move to San Jose, according to sources cited by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSPORTS.com. Sources said that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "met with top A's officials earlier this month and plans to meet with San Francisco Giants executives within two weeks." The meetings are the "biggest step toward a resolution of the Athletics' quest to relocate since Selig appointed a three-member committee to study the franchise's situation in March 2009." The Giants "remain adamantly opposed to relinquishing their territorial rights to San Jose and the South Bay region." A source said that the A's have "agreed to expand the capacity of Cisco Field, its proposed 32,000-seat ballpark, as one of the conditions for the move." The Giants' approval is the "final and biggest stumbling block to the Athletics' relocation," and it "will not be easy to secure." Selig has to figure out how to "balance the Giants' interests with the best interests of the game" (FOXSPORTS.com, 11/19).
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