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Giants respond to A's press release

Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:23 am
 


By Matt Snyder


The quasi-public fight between the A's and Giants has been advanced, this time from the Giants. Wednesday, we passed along a press release from the A's, where they seemed to be pleading for a shot in San Jose without outwardly saying as much.

The Giants have issued a statement in response, and they didn't pull any punches (especially when seeming to mock that the A's were bought for "just" $172 million). Here is the statement in full:
“The Commissioner has asked us to refrain from discussing the territorial rights issue publicly. Out of respect for his request, we will limit our response to setting the record straight on the history of territorial rights.

The Giants territorial rights were not granted “subject to” moving to Santa Clara County. Indeed, the A’s fail to mention that MLB’s 1990 territorial rights designation has been explicitly re-affirmed by Major League Baseball on four separate occasions. Most significantly in 1994, Major League Baseball conducted a comprehensive review and re-definition of each club’s territories. These designations explicitly provide that the Giants territory include Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Marin Counties and the A’s territory included Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

The MLB owners unanimously approved those designated territories and memorialized them in the MLB Constitution. Since then, the MLB Constitution has been re-affirmed by the MLB owners – including by the A’s – on three different occasions (2000, 2005 and 2008), long after the Giants won approval to build AT&T Park. Mr. Wolff and Mr. Fisher agreed to these territorial designations and were fully aware of our territorial rights when they purchased the A’s for just $172 million in 2005.

The population of Santa Clara County alone represents 43% of our territory. Upon purchasing the team 20 years ago, our plan to revive the franchise relied heavily on targeting and solidifying our fan base in the largest and fastest growing county within our territory. Based on these Constitutionally-recognized territorial rights, the Giants invested hundreds of millions of dollars to save and stabilize the team for the Bay Area, built AT&T Park privately and has operated the franchise so that it can compete at the highest levels.”
This isn't going away any time soon. The A's need their stadium situation resolved and seem to desperately want San Jose. But the Giants hold territorial rights and aren't relenting. MLB has reportedly sided with the Giants thus far, but also seems to want to keep things under wraps. So the dance will continue.

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Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 5:58 am
 

Giants respond to A's press release

Because people in our markets wouldn't put up with 2 teams full of waiver wire trash. 
Yeah you have plenty of trash between Philly and Camden.



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 2:35 am
 

Giants respond to A's press release

Because people in our markets wouldn't put up with 2 teams full of waiver wire trash.
  And yet your forced to suffer through year after year of eagles football and watchig the phillies set the all time loss record day after day . You guys should have kept the better organization , the A's .



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 2:17 am
 

Giants respond to A's press release

If the Bay Area had only 1 team they could have boston , philly size payrolls . Why dont those two markets have two teams ?

Because people in our markets wouldn't put up with 2 teams full of waiver wire trash.  




 Why are some areas forced into competing for market share while others dont have to and can afford to have larger payrolls and thus be more competitive ? 

Stop whining.  Just pray that the Giants are contending in August and that there's a lot of garbage piles for them to pick through.  They're like the homeless bums of MLB...lol  
 


  



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:46 am
 

Giants respond to A's press release

maybe it is time to find a new city



Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:15 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

San Jose does want a team, but because of MLB territorial rights, they will never have one unless it is the Giants.  Kinda silly how MLB can decide which cities can and can't have teams,especially considering San Jose has more people than Frisco.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:08 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

This topic really isn't all that interesting anyway. What we really need to know about is how the beard is doing this spring. His antics are just side splitting. When he wears that funny tuxedo, and acts all eccentric in interviews, I just have to laugh and laugh. TOO funny!!!!



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

The Yankees and Mets dont have that problem, White Sox and Cubs dont have that problem, so why is it a problem with the bay area teams?


Those are the 1st and 3rd largest media markets in the U.S. Think about it...



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

If the Bay Area had only 1 team they could have boston , philly size payrolls . Why dont those two markets have two teams ?
Interesting you should mention that, Dog.  Actually, Philly did once have two teams, but apparently was not able to support both.   And do you know where one of those two teams just happens to be playing now?  Yes, that's right: OAKLAND!  (And, yes, Boston also had two teams once upon a time.  One's now in Atlanta.)

And unfortunately, Philly probably still couldn't support two teams--notwithstanding our selling out every Phillies home game for the last two years or so.  We're already sort of pinched by two New York teams to the north and by a Baltimore team to the south.  Sorry. 



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:20 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

Also remember that MLB screwed the Giants by letting the A's move into the bay area in the first place . look what it did to the giants attendance numbers
Aw, the poor little Midgets, having been made to share their territory when the A's moved to Oakland almost half a century ago.  Did they think they were going to have the Bay area to themselves in perpetuity when they deserted New York in 1957?

I have an idea: Why don't the Midgets expand their territory north to include Humboldt County?  Timmy would have a built-in fan base up there, what with all the pot-growers and all.  Oh, and don't forget all the wine snobs in Napa and Sonoma in between.  Just think how much revenue the local police could make by picking off all the drunks and stoners as they go over the Golden Gate Bridge--in either direction . . .



Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:10 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

Also remember that MLB screwed the  by letting the A's move into the bay area in the first place . look what it did to the giants attendance numbers . If the bay area wants their team/teams to be able to compete with the big market teams from the east coast maybe haviving 2 teams here is too many ? All I know is I dont want to see my teams payroll go down because oakland has problems .

The Giants attendance was bad because up until the last few years, the A's we're always better than the Giants.


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