The Oakland Athletics, along with the San Jose Earthquakes, have selected 360 Architecture to design the teams' privately funded stadiums, the Associated Press reports .
The Athletics currently own the Earthquakes and are looking to move to San Jose, although the territorial rights are held by San Francisco. Even though the A's originally held the rights and gave them to the Giants free of charge to help the Giants build a new ballpark, the Giants aren't willing to fork over the rights.
Commissioner Bud Selig is expected to make recommendations on how to proceed. This won't be Selig's first foray into territorial rights, as the commissioner had to appease Baltimore owner Peter Angelos in the form of creating a regional sports network in MASN to allow Washington to receive the Nationals from Montreal.
Selig, as well as A's ownership, has said the Oakland Coliseum is no longer a viable place to host a baseball team and San Jose represents the ideal location for a stadium to tap into the region's fanbase.
Oakland has no estimate of how much it will cost for the A's to build a new stadium, nor the size. The fact that the A's are privately funding a new stadium has cut through a lot of legal red tape that may have otherwise held up the proceedings.
360 Architecture most notably built the New Meadowlands Stadium, the new home of the New York Giants and Jets of the NFL.
-- Evan Brunell
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