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SBD/July 10, 2012/Franchises
A's Owner Lew Wolff Says Team Is Not Interested In Sacramento, Focus Is On San Jose
Published July 10, 2012
NO NEWS HERE: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig during his 12th annual MLB.com Town Hall Chat offered no new substantive comment on the league’s inquiry into future stadium options for the A’s, now in its fourth year, again calling it a “complex issue” (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal). In California, Harmon & Seipel note Sacramento is providing the A’s with “another option in the club’s agonizing search for a new home.” Kunal Merchant, Exec Dir of Johnson's Think BIG task force, said that Sacramento has “no intention of trying to push Wolff into a decision.” Merchant: “We just don’t want to be caught flat-footed if other events don’t work out.” Harmon & Seipel note officials in "both Oakland and San Jose were unimpressed” with Sacramento’s outreach to MLB. Baseball San Jose co-Chair Michael Mulcahy said, “K.J. should stick to basketball -- that’s where he’s an All-Star” (CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 7/10). CSNBAYAREA.com’s Ray Ratto wrote under the header, “Sacto Mayor Johnson Big Hat, No Cattle Again.” Ratto: “I believe he is sincere. And I definitely believe he is nuts.” Ratto added, “Just nuts in that ‘why would you say this out loud to strangers?’ way” (CSNBAYAREA.com, 7/9).