In S.F., Matier & Ross cited sources who said that the
A's are offering to drop their $48M claim against Oakland.
Matier & Ross wrote the A's, in return, are looking for a
"couple of million in cash, and for their Coliseum landlords
to release them from having to offer up the team for sale,"
which they are required to do for a four-month window if
they want to opt out of their current lease. Matier & Ross:
"So far, it's not exactly going over like gangbusters" (S.F.
CHRONICLE, 6/29)....Bulls Chair Jerry Reinsdorf said Monday
"that he intends to involve Michael Jordan in the team's
search for a new coach, and has already discussed the matter
with Jordan" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/30)....In Orange County,
Kingsley & Garcia profiled the Padres' Hispanic marketing
effort and wrote the team is "reaping dramatic results"
(ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/28). In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck
examines the efforts of Padres President Larry Lucchino to
obtain a new ballpark for the team. If such a move fails,
the team could relocate to Northern VA, but Schmuck writes,
"Sounds logical, until you talk to friends of the new, laid-
back Larry, who have watched him embrace the Southern
California lifestyle and doubt that he is all that eager to
get back into the Washington rat race" (Balt. SUN, 6/30).