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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: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:19 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

Selig/MLb really just needs to hurry up and grant the rights to the A's. Two teams can easily be supported by the bay area and San Jose is the only real option for the A's. The Giants could've moved there and it would've made a since when considereing the sheer size of SJ and the finite space of SF. I don't see fans changing colors be a team moves--it's not like everyone living inside of the Giants supposed territory are Giants fans. Also, the A's have been very patient and outside of this recent and welcome statement, perhaps too patient. The Giants on the other hand made themselves look feckless and eliteist. $197 million for a team with all that history, all those World Series Championships--that's ajust good business sense. 



Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:14 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!






Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

The problem is a chaep ash owner. Keep the A's in Oakland. Buy your own stadium. Or sell the A's to me and I will build one right on the water.



Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

>The Giants forgot to thank Balco for their assistance in building AT&T Park.

The A's forgot to thank Balco for thier assistance in building McGuire and Canseco and Miggy and Chavez and Hudson and Mulder and Zito and ..........



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

San Jose qualifies in this instance. They clearly WANT the A's but I guess what they want isn't relavent.



Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

The Giants forgot to thank Balco for their assistance in building AT&T Park.




Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:19 pm
 

Move them to Salt Lake City

Ok, call me selfish on this, as a Athletics fan for over 40 years,relocate the A's to Salt Lake City and call them the Utah Athletics. Of course they would be a regional team, not only from Logan to Provo but in southern Idaho, eastern Nevada, and western Wyoming. I know the Angels Triple-A team, the Bees play there already and they draw well during the season, but to have an MLB team there between the Utah Jazz season and NCAA Football season, what is there to lose? Just a thought.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:18 pm
 

Giants respond to A's press release

The San Antonio A's...has a nice ring to it!



Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:44 am
 

Giants respond to A's press release

Lew Wolff forgot the 11th Commandment:  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's territorial rights.



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:25 am
 

Giants respond to A's press release

If you live in San Jose you can take the Caltrain right to AT & T Park and it doesn't take that long. Most people in the US live much further away from an MLB park. If the A's don't wanna be in Oakland move it to some other city that wants/needs a team.


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