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DONE WAITING? In S.F., Susan Slusser notes after more than three years of "waiting to get a decision on their quest for a new stadium, the A's are making noises about trying to get the issue onto the agenda for the owners' meetings next month" in N.Y. in order to "hasten the proceedings." MLB sources said that the team "plans to file paperwork to get onto the agenda before the end of the month, within the prescribed time frame for such proposals." But the A's "desire to move to San Jose is not expected to be addressed during" the May 16-17 owners' meetings. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "determines the agenda, and at the last owners' meeting, in February, he said that the A's stadium issue is 'on the front burner.'" Selig "typically wants a consensus before any owners' vote, and it is possible that he does not have such a consensus -- or that he prefers to have the A's and Giants continue negotiations about the rights to San Jose, currently held by the Giants." The A's would need a 75% vote of the owners to "overturn the Giants' territorial rights, or Selig could use the 'best interests of baseball' powers to do so." Should the A's "fail to get permission to move to San Jose, it is possible the city of San Jose would pursue a lawsuit challenging MLB's antitrust exemption" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/17). Sources yesterday said that the A's were "willing to risk rejection by the owners in order to get a resolution on their ballpark issue." But FOXSPORTS.com's Ken Rosenthal notes such a strategy would "carry considerable risk, which is why the A's might not want to pursue it" (FOXSPORTS.com, 4/17).