A's Owner: San Jose Option Could Be Dead By End of Year

A's owner warns that San Jose stadium idea could be over

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012  |  Updated 8:37 AM PDT
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San Jose May Not Work for A's

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Lew Wolff is no longer Bud Selig's right-hand man.

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The San Jose A's could be going the way of the Fremont A's.

The Oakland Athletics could be staying put, or at least any chance of a San Jose stadium could be dead by the end of the year pending a decision from Major League Baseball, team owner Lew Wolff told the Los Angeles Times.
 
Wolf has been trying to build a new stadium in San Jose for almost four years, according to reports. At issue are "territorial rights," a kind of zoning imposed by MLB. Currently, San Jose is zoned San Francisco Giants orange and black, meaning that the league won't let the A's play at a venue in that city.
 
Wolff is waiting for a decision from MLB commissioner Bud Selig, who may hand down a decision "that could delay construction another year," according to the San Jose Mercury News.
 
Any decision that could delay construction or impose difficult criteria "might as well" be a "no," Wolff said.
 
That would be good for Oakland faithful. Or would it? 
 
"It's uncertain what time frame Selig has in mind [to make the decision affecting the two Bay Area major league teams], or what conditons he could impose on either club," according to reports. 
 

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