Commissioner Bud Selig is putting together a committee to look at the A's stadium situation, saying that the team can't stay in its current situation at the Coliesum forever.
"Lew Wolff and the Oakland ownership group and management have worked very hard to obtain a facility that will allow them to compete into the 21st century," Selig said in a release. "To date they, like the two ownership groups in Oakland before them, have been unsuccessful in those efforts, despite having the significant support of their corporate partner Cisco. The time has come for a thorough analysis of why a stadium deal has not been reached. The A's cannot and will not continue indefinitely in their current situation."
According to the release, the committee will be chaired by Bob Starkey, a stadium expert and financial consultant for Major League Baseball. Corey Busch, a former executive with the Giants, and Irwin Raij, a lawyer with Foley and Lardner who worked extensively on both the Washington and Miami ballpark proposals, will also serve on the committee. MLB president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy will work with them, and the group will submit a report to Selig.Most interesting is this update from the above article:
I'm told that Busch has no ties with the current Giants' ownership group and that his Giants' background would have no impact on the territorial issue whatsoever. In fact, there's a feeling that the Giants' current ownership group might not be altogether thrilled that Busch is on this committee. It's safe to say that A's believe he will be objective when it comes to territorial rights.
Whatever happens with the A's bid for a new stadium, there will be questions about the economic climate and if the time is right to get such a project underway, even with private funds.
Bottom line? MLB is getting off the bench and starting to seriously study what will be the best move for the A's, and San Jose is looking pretty good right now folks. Stay tuned as I am sure there is going to be some more information later this week.
Play ball San Jose.