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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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Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:09 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?

Oh and the last time I checked since both franchaises have been in the Bay Area it is A's 4 Giants 1 as far as trophies go.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:04 pm

Giants respond to A's press release

they wouldnt draw any fans on Sunday games.

Obiviously, this must be a reply to my earlier post. We're not talking about BYU athletics here, the Salt Lake Bees do play on Sundays at 1:05 PM, sometimes at 6:35 PM. Yes, church in the morning, hell to pay in the afternoon. LOL!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:56 pm

Giants respond to A's press release

The A's made plenty of $ and attracted plenty of fans when they were winning.  Let them finance their own stadium in the East Bay or move!
The key part is when they were winning, it be an couple of years since their last winning season.

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:44 pm

Giants respond to A's press release

Isn't Lew Wolff a "friend" of Bud's?   Some friend.

Anyone who think Oakland is a Major League City is fooling themselves.  The A's...Warriors...Raiders,  ALL need NEW stadiums!
Oakland built a nice new Convention Center, but no one wants to visit Oakland. The Convention Center is now shuttered  (Occupy Oakland wanted to take it over).  If you can't get a businessman to hold a meeting in Oakland, how are you going to get them to buy corporate suites?  PSL's?  OOops, the Raiders already tried that.

Let the A's Go!  (The Warriors are already thinking about moving back to SF) 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:38 pm

Giants respond to A's press release

I guess it wouldn't work - it only seems to for football with the Giants and Jets and the NBA now that the Clippers are heating up- AT&T Park is such a sweet park - what if they shared the park? - the A's play at AT&T Park? Would A's fans be willing to have the A's play their home games and travel to AT&T Park? Could a deal br cut that makes the A's more competitive but doesn't hurt the Giants? Crazy idea or oh my goodness it's just too easy?

Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:27 pm

Giants respond to A's press release

why don't the A's want to move to Sacramento then have the river cats move to oakland or san jose??? upgrade raley field so it is MLB specs. Problem solved. A's get a new stadium.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:14 pm

Giants respond to A's press release

Go back to the Fremont (CA) option.  In that town, there would be a live Elephant as the mascot.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:11 pm

Giants respond to A's press release

My dad and I have been saying for years that they Athletics should build a new stadium smack dab in the middle between livermore and Pleasanton. There is so much open land over there and you have 680, 580, and the shortcut to HWY 4 to get in and out of there. Bart is still useable to get to the game and fans from the Stockton, Tracy, Fremont, Manteca, Lodi area will be closer then before. Enough with San Jose already. I want a new stadium as much as the next Athletic's fan but I don't want to go to San Jose to watch. I'd rather they stay in Oakland instead of going to San Jose.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:52 pm

Giants respond to A's press release

they wouldnt draw any fans on Sunday games.

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:52 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 .

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