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Dodgers Investor Guber Refutes Report That He Is Interested In Buying A's
Published December 19, 2013
SITTING ON THE DOCK: In San Jose, Tim Kawakami cited sources as saying that MLB "likes the waterfront area," and that Lacob "was VERY interested in the Howard Terminal site." But "you never know" with Lacob. Kawakami: "Who knew he could beat [Oracle CEO] Larry Ellison to the Warriors, so I don’t ever put limits on Lacob’s drive." Meanwhile, sources said that Guber is "tied to the Dodgers and not involved in any A's effort." But Kawakami noted that was "in July/August/September" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 12/18). Also in San Jose, Marcus Thompson writes keeping the A's in Oakland "is trendy again." The "question now is if these defibrillations are actually giving life to a new stadium or just the final twitches of a dead movement." On the "heels of colorful renderings of a ballpark on the Oakland waterfront, comes the jolt of possible Warriors involvement." But "in the end ... all that matters is how Oakland takes advantage" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 12/19).
COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN: A S.F. CHRONICLE editorial states MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's "failure to provide a definitive answer on the A's status amounts to cruel and unusual punishment to their ownership, their suitors in San Jose, their loyal legion of fans who keep the outfield drums beating in Oakland -- and the image of professional baseball itself." No one involved "wants to see the A's stuck in an aging, hulking Coliseum with its infamous sewage spills and tarped-off sections." Wolff on Tuesday said that "all he is asking for is an up-or-down vote of baseball owners on the move to San Jose." Wolff and co-Owner John Fisher would be "foolish to sell before then, and their patience and resolve is beyond doubt by now." MLB "needs to choose: Plan A with Wolff and Fisher or Plan B, presumably without them." But until that "happens, all those news conferences with beautiful renderings of a second ballpark on San Francisco Bay are just another form of fantasy baseball" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/19).