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MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Has No Timetable For Resolution To A's Stadium Issues
Published October 26, 2012
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY?: In San Jose, John Woolfolk notes San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Santa Clara County supervisors "have been meeting over the last week to ensure that no ballpark land disputes impede their efforts to draw the Oakland Athletics to San Jose." Many expect MLB officials "some time after the World Series to consider whether to allow an A's move to San Jose despite San Francisco Giants territorial objections and Oakland's efforts to keep the team." San Jose last year "transferred land bought with redevelopment money for a future A's ballpark to a newly created agency and sold the A's an option to buy it at below-market prices if baseball officials clear the team's move." But that deal has been "thrown into question by the state's move last year to kill redevelopment agencies." California state officials are "threatening to invalidate the San Jose land transfer and force a market-rate sale to fund local governments and schools" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 10/26).
RAYS OF HOPE: Prior to Game 2 Selig, as he has been in the past, was downbeat on the Rays' home attendance at Tropicana Field, which ranked last among MLB teams despite a fifth consecutive winning season. "I'll let you draw your own conclusion," a visibly upset Selig said when asked if he was troubled by the club's difficulty drawing fans. "I think it's a conclusion that's pretty obvious" (Fisher). Selig said that he planned to "talk soon with principal owner Stuart Sternberg for an update on the stadium situation." In Tampa, Marc Topkin notes St. Petersburg officials are expected to respond Friday to "the team's request to amend its lease to allow talks with Pinellas and Hillsborough entities" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 10/26).