I will still be writing the blog (there is a link to the blog on the new website), posting on events and other things you can do to help bring Pro Baseball to San Jose. One of the most important things you can do right now is to make sure you spread the word about our Facebook group, the blog and the new website.
Secondly the Mercury published an article today comparing the owner of the A's to the managing general partner of the Giants:
With their teams sitting out this week's World Series, both are looking ahead to winter, when baseball's 30 owners will meet to decide everything from TV deals to big trades. As Wolff, co-owner of the Oakland A's, and Neukom, managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants, rub elbows, they'll no doubt be mindful that this same group of millionaires soon could redraw the Bay Area's baseball map.
With a three-quarters vote, baseball's owners can terminate the Giants' territorial rights to the South Bay and let the A's move to San Jose. But first, a commission appointed by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is studying the A's stadium options. That committee met Thursday with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and other city officials who've been assembling plans for a privately financed $489 million ballpark.
However, Selig's committee may conclude that a move to the South Bay would make the most money for baseball's owners. MLB teams participate in revenue sharing, where the wealthiest teams end up supporting less lucrative ones like the A's. Team boosters are certain a move to the more demographically affluent San Jose would lead to higher ticket sales and end the team's taking subsidies from the revenue pool.Those of us who live in San Jose know that the best place for the A's is San Jose, we have the population, a great site for a stadium and the building of a new stadium would be a financial boom for our city and the entire county.
The Giants also are fighting to hold onto that affluent South Bay fan base, as well as the profitable advertising deals, sponsorships and club suites the team has secured at AT&T park with high profile Silicon Valley companies.
One source close to MLB, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the issue, stressed that whatever Selig does will be based on what is best for baseball, not his friendship with Wolff.
The decision to allow the A's to move to San Jose, as noted in the Merc article, will be based on what is financially best for MLB. Those of us who live and work in San Jose already know that our wonderful city is the best financial move for MLB and San Jose, for now we just have to wait for the owners to come to that same conclusion.
While we do not have much control over what the team owners will decide, we can show MLB that the residents of San Jose support bringing the A's to our great city by making sure to increase the number of people who have joined our Facebook group and subscribers to this blog.
Play ball San Jose.