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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: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:02 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

The Giants sold out every home game last year.  They aren't gonna raise any more money through higher attendance.  I don't think A's fans are gonna instantly become Giants fans if the A's leave the area.  So how are the Giants gonna gain enough money to have a Boston/Philly payroll?



Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:59 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

What about the people of San Jose.  Don't they have the right to a major league team??  The city is larger than San Francisco or Oakland and yet the only way they can have a major league team is if the Giants moved there??  The Giants are being paranoid that their fans in San Jose would switch allegiance if they had their own team.  f that was the case, they must not think they have very loyal fans.  I think MLB should allow the A's to move to San Jose and pay off the rest of the Giants' debt for their park.  Which won't be paid off for at least five more years.



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:38 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

I agree 100% the Athletics need a new stadium and it needs to be somewhere in the bay area. I still think the Livermore Pleasanton area needs to be looked at and possibly worked out. The Giants are the more profitable franchise and have a gorgeous ballpark. Honestly though I don't know what the SF fans are afraid of if the Athletics move to San Jose. The Giants will always have fans that fill that ballpark. They finally got their World Series that has eluded them for decades. The Giants have money and they spend money. The only problem is the spend big money on garbage veterans that arent helping the team as of late. Barry Zito, Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand. These 3 guys were either awful or mediocre at best for the Giants. Once Zito is off the payroll the Giants can sign 2 very good players with that kind of money. SF will be fine. 



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:36 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

This is hilarious.  Aren't these teams cities literally, and I mean literally, across the Golden State Bridge from each other?  I would think San Jose would move Oakland further away, wouldn't it?  I'm not a geographical wizard so I'm not positive, but it seems pretty funny.
Its the bay bridge and yes san jose would be further away . But your not understanding all of the corporate support and fans that traditionaly support the giants that comes from san jose .
 



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:31 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

This is hilarious.  Aren't these teams cities literally, and I mean literally, across the Golden State Bridge from each other?  I would think San Jose would move Oakland further away, wouldn't it?  I'm not a geographical wizard so I'm not positive, but it seems pretty funny.



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:25 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 ? 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 ? Its complete BS .



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:18 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

From what I can see the Giants feel that they are vastly superior to the A's in everything. If this is so then why do they have their panties in a wad over the A's wanting to go to San Jose? 
Im not sure why you guys cant figure this one out ???? Why would one team let another steal revenue from them ? Why would any fan want to see their teams payroll be cut due to over competetion from another team ? Its not hard to figure it out people .



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:14 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?

Compare the populations . Would you like another team in detrot taking money away from your team ? I didnt think so .



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

The A's are trying to move to a city that wants them.(San Jose) But the Giants won't let them. the A's should offer the same amount of money for the rights to San Jose that the Giants paid to the A's to get them in the 90's..



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:20 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 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?


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