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Published March 7, 2012
STILL UNDECIDED: An MLB official said Sunday that "no decision has been reached on the A's efforts to build a ballpark in San Jose." The source said, "Nothing's changed. The committee has been meeting. We were very surprised by (the New York Daily News story). No determinations have been made at all regarding the A's situation" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 3/5). In S.F., Henry Schulman wrote, "I’ve just been told by someone in the commissioner’s office that contrary to what a New York newspaper suggested yesterday, the A’s proposed move to San Jose is not on life support. And, it is not true that Commissioner Bud Selig and baseball owners have all but decided to uphold the Giants’ territorial rights to San Jose, which would preclude the A’s from going there" (SFGATE.com, 3/4). In N.Y., Bill Madden wrote the A's are "looking at another long, dreary season in Oakland" as Owner Lew Wolff "grows increasingly impatient" with Selig's "interminable delay in ruling on the Giants’ territorial rights to San Jose." Madden wrote there are two reasons "why Selig hasn’t ruled." The first is that the Giants' territorial rights to San Jose are "part of the MLB constitution" as a result of former A’s owner Wally Haas agreeing to cede them to the Giants in '89. The second is that even if Selig did "invoke his 'best interests of baseball' powers and allowed the A’s to move to San Jose, he probably doesn’t have the votes" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/4).