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Published April 4, 2013
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ALL ABOUT LEW: Wolff appeared on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s “Chronicle Live” Tuesday night, saying his day-to-day involvement with the A’s is “as much as they’ll (allow), which isn’t too much." Wolff: “We inherited a great operation. Most of our people ... have been here for many years and I was really fortunate and lucky to have that organization turned over to me when we bought the team.” Wolff also said he has no intention of selling the team. CSN Bay Area's Jim Kozimor said the team “had a good year last year.” Kozimor said to Wolff, "The valuation of your club is very high right now ... and many people believe when you bought the team back in 2005, you kind of got it at a bargain basement price. Is that a fair assessment?" Wolff said, “Yes, we are doing well and we are happy with that. As far as the bargain price, if you recall, right before we closed our transaction Milwaukee sold, I believe ... for $220M, and they threw in a pretty new ballpark with it. When we bought our team for a little bit less, we knew going in that at some point, whether it be in Oakland, Fremont or San Jose, that we would have to add additional funds to create a new venue." Wolff said of negotiations between the A's and O.co Coliseum, "We're talking about extending five years, so that's a rather long period, at least to us, and I think the environment of getting that done is a positive. We'll know very soon." Wolff declined to comment on the slow pace of MLB's Blue Ribbon Panel, saying, "It has to go through the commissioner and the executive council. It's not a matter of twisting anyone's arm. It really filters from the top, just like the other 28 venues, and we're hoping to get an answer one of these days" ("Chronicle Live," CSN Bay Area, 4/2).