cialis online uk cipro brand generic cheap lexapro generic buy viagra dubai walmart doxycycline 50 mg glucophage 1000 mg zayiflama buy black cialis generic viagra dangers lasix 40 mg iv cialis 20 mg pills generic viagra me prednisone 20 mg teva buy synthroid online propecia 1 mg 28 comprimidos china cialis 100mg diflucan 150 ml buy caremark nexium 40 mg augmentin uses 875 mg strattera 25 mg 12.5 mg zoloft effective levitra 20 mgs online diflucan 60 mg pret prednisone 5 mg buy propecia cheapest generic lexapro discount allnightbuy viagra online lasix 40 mg furosemida cialis generic about viagra information order cipro hc buy buy viagra sa lexapro 10 mg abbott inderal propranolol 10 mg prednisone 20mg rash buy cialis tube cialis 20 mg prostatectomia cialis 40 mg buy lexapro 90 mg levitra 20mg dosage finasteride generic propecia doxycycline 20 mg buy kosten viagra 50 mg buy propecia tokyo zithromax powder online prospecto cialis 5 mg kamagra 100 mg pills viagra 50mg cost montreal viagra online sildon generic viagra chinese cialis 800 mg cialis cost online doxycycline 20mg generic lisinopril lupin 40 mg viagra buy some viagra 50 mg expiration lexapro 10mg paxil levitra 20 mg polska cialis prix 10mg nexium 10 mg diluye 20 mg doxycycline online cialis 50 mg 4 tablet lisinopril 20mg hydrochlorothiazide cialis 5mg uses nexium 40 mg pdf generic zithromax uk generic wellbutrin results online zovirax cream 5 viagra 100mg tabs levitra generic canada 200 mg cialis india amoxil generic names viagra generic 800 mg buy generic lexapro prednisone 40 mg lupus lexapro 10 mg success cialis buy cvs acquistare cialis online diflucan 800 mg iv zithromax online canadian buy lexapro australia buy levitra free cialis 5mg rezept cialis cincinnati buy celebrex capsule 400 mg viagra 50mg valor viagra coupons online viagra dosage 50 mg order liquid viagra viagra overdose 200mg cheap kamagra uk prescription viagra 50mg metformin 500 mg insulin doxycycline kela 200 mg boots cialis online cipro 500 mg antibiotics wellbutrin sr cheapest prijs viagra 25 mg prednisone 20mg acne buying viagra europe cipro online buying viagra generic professional dapoxetine chloride 30 mg prednisone 10 mg usage bali buy cialis bactrim forte 500 mg 1980 zovirax 400 mg generic hexabotin 500mg erythromycin doxycycline 10mg dosage valtrex prices generic 4000 mg augmentin 50mg viagra online celebrex 400 mg price purchase xenical 60mg cialis 20 mg china std doxycycline 100mg cialis online usa cytotec tablets online propecia cheaper alternative doxycycline dispergeerbaar 100mg augmentin 625mg tds take 2 cialis 20mg. lasix dosage mg zovirax generic uk buy viagra arizona augmentin 625mg pregnancy lexapro 20 mg pregnant order lasix online generic cialis replacement cheap levitra paypal clomid 50mg men forum levitra buy 400 mg of celebrex viagra 25 mg teilen viagra tesco buy 36 hour cialis online buy nolvadex nt 40mg cialis effect lexapro coupons online took 150 mg viagra augmentin 125 mg ulotka viagra cialis onusarxgeneric 40 mg lasix zovirax 400 mg bula propranolol 10 mg tablet synthroid mg dosage levitra 20mg filmtabletten 12 cialis took 40 mg dinamarca online lexapro propranolol 40 mg laproff zovirax 400 mg pregnancy augmentin 62.5 mg drops order levitra uk bactrim forte 800 mg 40 mg levitra prices doxycycline 50 mg image levitra 20 mg packaging viagra 1000 mg augmentin sciroppo 140 mg cheap cialis drugs cialis paypal generic clomid 200 mg daily wellbutrin generic ineffective buy diflucan 150mg doxycycline mono 150mg venta genericos viagra viagra pills 200 mg viagra generico brasil erythromycin 250 mg bp cialis 20mg uk 15 mg cialis viagra 100mg effectiveness buy generic priligy cialis generic daily 2.5 lexapro online india cortancyl 20mg prednisone wellbutrin xl 75 mg cialis online no cialis costs 5mg remedio nexium 40mg augmentin 457 mg 5 ml order Levitra 20 mg buy viagra paysafecard buy 5 day zithromax 1000 mg cipro uti buying viagra kl erythromycin online kaufen inderal propranolol buy bactrim 80 400 mg tablets generic lexapro forum clomid twins 150mg buy 20mg cialis lasix buy uk their generic propecia viagra buy brand propecia order canada efficacite cialis 20mg viagra a200mg euro cialis online prednisone dosage 100mg generic levitra quality acheter cialis generic generic lisinopril appearance viagra equivalent mg cialis cheap usa viagra 25 mg tablets generico do lexapro buy bactrim dose reichen 5 mg levitra viagra generico efeitos 2 cialis 20mg buy pet doxycycline kamagra cheap online propranolol movement disorders black cialis 200 mg 40 mg sublingual cialis buy zoloft us valtrex generic m123 propecia finasteride mg zoloft at 50 mg cheap valtrex online 300 mg of viagra mg of wellbutrin doxycycline accord 200 mg cheap viagra discount lisinopril 20 mg tablet doxycycline al 100 mg lisinopril 5mg tablets wirkungsdauer viagra 100 mg cheap viagra pakistan lisinopril 20 mg e102 dosis celebrex 100 mg zoloft 100mg forum propranolol 20 mg presentations diflucan available generic 100mg viagra cost strattera online kaufen generic brand levitra doxycycline 100mg dawkowanie ic prednisone 20 mg cipro 500mg iv doxycycline online buying 60 mg propranolol anxiety buspar 7.5mg 10 mg cialis online lexapro generic lawsuits bactrim 800 mg online lexapro 0.50 mg cialis 10 mg halbieren propranolol tab 10mg cheapest soft viagra viagra online apotheek pastile cialis 20mg zithromax 250mg tabs buy viagra girls nexium 4omg viagra buy liquid buy doxycycline 100mg augmentin 62mg generic cialis recommend order viagra 100mg coupon nexium 40 mg buy nexium 14 tablets jual nexium 20mg glucophage tablets 1000 mg order viagra medication metformin 1000 mg erfahrungsberichte discount levitra generic ordering clomid online buy generic zoloft generic antidepressant lexapro pill zoloft 50 mg online viagra business sandoz viagra generico kamagra online mastercard where viagra buy 20 mg lexapro medicamentos genericos xenical online levitra order augmentin bustine 1 mg propranolol 40 mg used pfizer zoloft 100mg nexium 10 mg forum miglior viagra generico cipro 500mg bula clorhidrato propranolol 40 mg dosage cipro 500 mg clomid online success buy nolvadex online 2011 generic lisinopril india levitra no generico ontario online cialis nexium genericos generic 5 mg.cialis 800 mg celebrex prednisone pack 5 mg lexapro 30 mg dose generic viagra proffesional cheap viagra with diflucan tab 150mg lisinopril 5 mg romania generic lexapro yet 50mg levitra zithromax 900 mg prix cialis 10mg fta 4 lisinopril mg dosage xenical generic cheap cheap propecia sale uk viagra cheapest garlic 1000 mg doxycycline zovirax cream 20mg order propecia forum glucophage xr 750 mg cialis sublingual 10mg liquid cialis cheap 1 5mg propecia cheapest 150 mg viagra iui 100mg clomid cialis china order propecia 1mg review buy zoloft thailand baku buy viagra generic wellbutrin anchen generics24 kamagra wellbutrin 150 mg prezzo cialis 20 mg wikipedia lisinopril buy canada lisinopril 10 mg lupin day 17 zoloft 100mg lasix 500mg price lexapro 10 mg vademecum 100. mg kamagra online prednisone 10 mg prices viagra 100 mg tab 10 mg lisinopril viagra pills order lexapro 10mg sleep generic zoloft manufacturers costo levitra 10 mg buy 5mg propecia cialis 2 20mg pills cialis 20 mg contrareembolso buying hydrochlorothiazide online generic augmentin 500mg 180 mg prednisone buy kamagra australia cialis lilly 20mg buy propecia slovakia buy zithromax 1g generico viagra colombia mg of zoloft 10 mg lexapro withdraw cialis very cheap getting wellbutrin online doxycycline 100mg abscess sandoz metformin 500 mg augmentin bid 1000 mg 14 duracion cialis 5 mg mgs in cialis diflucan 10 mg walmart cialis 20mg faq buy viagra 10 pills cialis generic4all kamagra 100 mg reviews viagra online fast viagra 50mg chats viagra online discount valtrex generic 1000mg viagra 5mg types buy 150mg clomid nexium online sampling levitra 10 mg viagra lexapro x 10 mg viagra generico farmacia zovirax generic brand lexapro 10mg appetite buy viagra where cialis 40 mg wirkung kamagra 100mg nederland propranolol 60 mg la cialis 2.5mg cheap generic valtrex 1000 mg lasix 20 mg iv dosage celebrex 200mg viagra 50 mg cheap propecia tab 1mg Sale Levitra 20 mg prednisone 10mg 5442 600 mg of zoloft order doxycycline canada 50mg viagra stud 100 zovirax 400 mg tabs viagra buy brisbane sintofarm propranolol 40 mg celebrex online pharmacy diflucan liquid buy dosage cialis 20 mg cialis ed generic generic zoloft prices cytotec mg glucophage 500 mg poudre xenical caps 120mgsweden 50 mg synthroid weight buy dapoxetine singapore lisinopril 20 mg pret viagra generic long augmentin tabletas 500mg clomid proviron online cialis 5o mg cheap generic strattera generic viagra caverta 20mg cialis experience buy rui clomid generic viagra 4 hours propecia online au metformin 750 mg xr lisinopril 10mg. interactionn celexa generic citalopram nexium 40mg efeitos nexium cap40mg zoloft tablets 50mg buy viagra inatlanta generic strattera available cheap propranolol online viagra 50mg dose lexapro 50 mg daily cialis generico scadenza doxycycline 75 mg generic generic diflucan 150 mg generic lisinopril online augmentin 500mg buy erythromycin lotion kamagra 100 mg working lasix to buy generic viagra ingredients 40mg cialis uk cialis italia online viagra online siparis cheapest cialis 20 mg 11 mg prednisone celebrex generic names viagra 100 mg precio metformin hcl 5mg wellbutrin sr100mg order Cialis 120 metformin mail order generic bactrim ingredients overnight viagra online levitra 10mg tablet kamagra 100 mg wirkung buy xenical uae oklahoma online viagra generic female cialis celebrex cheapest bronchitis 10mg prednisone viagra online eu khasiat viagra 100mg clomid multiples 100mg 150 mg red viagra viagra da 20 mg the buy levitra phenergan 25 mg buy viagra tallinn cialis diario 2 5mg took 2 5mg cialis strattera cheaper bactrim fast cheap cialis order paypal generic zoloft 50 mg lisinopril 5mg dosage 800 mg viagra knockoff cialis dosierung 20 mg 100mg cheap clomid cialis buying tesco strattera add online cialis generic 60mg dividere cialis 20 mg purchase tetracycline online bactrim 480mg cheapest viagra world Levitra 10mg online doxycycline 300 mg pillspapa generic cialis generic lexapro cost 2013 buy branded viagra zithromax 200 mg 5ml purchase cialis 10mg hydrochlorothiazide online canada cialis 5mg portugal nexium 20mg na buy propecia shops clomid 200 mg pct zithromax versus generic doxycycline hyclate backorder viagra 100 mg 8 tabletten order nolvadex canada 1 mg valtrex istanbulbuy viagra cheapest viagra order buy amoxil cats ra-25-mg">prijs viagra 25 mg lasix 500mg buy buy viagra yahoo
Home Maury Brown The Athletics: Relocation, Contraction, Bob Lurie, Walter Haas, and the Giants

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 865 guests online

Atom RSS

The Athletics: Relocation, Contraction, Bob Lurie, Walter Haas, and the Giants PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 11
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:40

A'sTell me if you’ve heard this one before: the A’s are waiting to hear if they can relocate to San Jose. You can pick a year (it’s been approx. a decade that this issue has been on the burner), but the issue remains.

Bud Selig, of course, is getting the blame for all of this. “Just decide!” is the mantra repeated over and over. It’s not that simple.

Before we say why it’s not simple, maybe it’s worth looking at how we got here, what’s in play, and then, yes… why it’s not that simple.

Bob Lurie Pines for a New Stadium

To really get to the heart of why the A’s still haven’t gotten into San Jose, you have to look back to a point where they originally controlled that territory. You read right: the location that the A’s currently wish to relocate to was once theirs. As I wrote in 2004:

The Giants control most of the Bay Area. Their physical territory includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Marin Counties, plus Santa Clara County with respect to another major league team. By comparison, the Athletics' territory includes only Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

When Bob Lurie was looking to get out of Candlestick Park in the late 80’s, baseball expanded the Giants territory to include Santa Clara County where there were efforts to pass funding to build a new ballpark in San Jose. The voters in Santa Clara County rejected tax hikes to fund the stadium in both 1990 and 1992, yet baseball reaffirmed those rights when Peter Magowan purchased the team in 1995 and built PacBell Park.

They say hindsight is 20/20. I wrote that baseball expanded the Giants territory to include Santa Clara Co. but what I didn’t add was that could only happen if then A’s owner Walter Haas allowed for it. He likely didn’t foresee Silicon Valley and the dot com boom becoming such huge factors. Remember, when John Sculley was at the helm, stock of Apple was near $5 at one point and the high tech industry was on death watch for the computer maker.

So, Haas weighed the possibility of the Giants relocating, and in the end, believed that having them as cross-town partners was better than having the whole Bay Area to himself. Go figure. Now, the Giants are unwilling to give up the territory that was gifted to them in the first place. They have said repeatedly that they see nothing that would indemnify them to the point of giving up the sponsorship base in Santa Clara Co. It’s no longer a territory that was given to them in attempts to stay in the Bay Area, it’s now “ours”.

Contraction Action

Let’s make this one simple: Contraction is a non-starter. For one, to balance the league out, you have to have a National League team come along for the ride. One need only look back to 2000-2001 when Commissioner Selig said that the owners wanted to dissolve the Expos via contraction. At the time, the late Carl Pohlad threw his hat in the ring and said that if MLB needed an AL team to go with the Expos as an NL team into the land of contraction, the Twins would be happy to oblige. It was a ruse of sorts; Pohlad was seeking to get out of the Metrodome into a baseball-only stadium. The MLBPA threatened to sue if contraction were attempted based on the loss of workers (read: players would be out of jobs), and Fox Sports Net Minnesota filed a complaint against the Twins saying they would break their broadcast agreement if they were contracted (Read Fox Sports Net Minnesota, LLC v. Minnesota Twins Partnership from Dec. of 2001).

For all these reasons, contraction is a non-starter. As was the case prior, when push comes to shove, it has to be relocation, and even then, that’s nearly as tough as contraction.

Relocation, Television, and Back to the Issue with San Jose

So, let’s say that finally, San Jose is a non-option. In the meantime, let’s pretend that no viable options are left in Oakland for the A’s. If contraction is off the table, then relocation becomes the other discussion.

Relocation isn’t as easy as saying, “There’s a nice market. Let’s pick up and move.” We need only look at what’s happening in San Jose to show that baseball’s constitution and by-laws (read them here) have clear physical territories that clubs control.

But, it goes deeper than that.

The television territories in the league are guarded with as much fervor as the physical ones. If you look at the broadcast territories for the league (see here), you’ll note that no one place isn’t controlled by one club or more. So, if the A’s wanted to move to Portland (and remember, a relocation market would have to have at least an interim stadium and funding to build a new MLB-worthy ballpark), the Mariners would be up in arms as Portland is the M’s largest broadcast market outside of Seattle.

The best example of this was the relocation of the Expos. When contraction didn’t fly, the league went to relocation. It’s been well told, but Washington, DC, Portland, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Northern Virginia, and Norfolk were all in play. When DC coughed up all the stadium funding (along with the largest market), they became the favored relocation destination. Problem was, Orioles owner Peter Angelos saw the matter as infringing on his broadcast territory (although at every opportunity he said that attendance would suffer, as well). The solution was the creation of MASN with the Orioles as the primary owners.

That option doesn’t appear to be there for the A’s and the Giants. Or, the Giants seem uninterested. After all, the club is already a 30 percent owner in CSN Bay Area. Creating a new regional sports network, while an option, doesn’t appear to the solution that the Giants are willing to accept.

So, if the A’s have to relocate, and San Jose drops off the list, then markets within the Athletics own broadcast territory become the discussion. Sacramento is a possibility, but if a new ballpark is part of the deal, that may be too difficult. Just ask the Maloofs and the Sacramento Kings, who are hanging on by their fingernails in the market.

Staying in Oakland

Lew Wolff (and one assumes, John Fisher) haven’t been exactly receptive to staying in Oakland. The owner appears to see the market as a dead-end. The largest issue has been the repeated inability to get ballpark funding or a location to properly build one. If that changes (and that’s a large “if”), then the A’s remain the “Oakland A’s”. But, for now, that effort seems stuck in neutral until a clear yes or no is determined on San Jose.

Selling the A’s

If San Jose is deemed off the table, the odds that Lew Wolff, John Fisher, and the rest of the A’s ownership group looks to sell the club. Values have gone up, even if the A’s rank second to last in valuation by Forbes. Wolff’s group purchased the A’s for $180 million in 2005. What did Forbes value the A’s at entering last season (and remember, the valuations have been below what the market has been willing to bear)? $307 million.

If options run dry, the sale of the A’s becomes more of a reality by the second.

Why Selig Doesn’t Just Push the Giants Aside?

Back to the beginning, this isn’t as easy as Selig telling the Giants ownership, “Sorry guys. Santa Clara Co. wasn’t yours to begin with. We’re letting the A’s relocate to San Jose.” Relocation of clubs require approval by ¾ of the league’s owners. Simply put, if we’re (still) stalled, the votes aren’t there.

The reason for that is one about owners and their own best interests. Many of them are sitting there thinking, “If it could happen to the Giants, it could happen to us.” That especially holds true for the Yankees and the Mets.

As I wrote in 2008 (see Ranking the Top 10 Markets by Relocation or Expansion), if territorial rights are stripped away, Northern New Jersey is baseball’s best untapped market. If the A’s can relocate to San Jose, what’s to say that the Rays can’t pack up and move to Northern New Jersey? And, the memory of relocating the Expos to DC is certainly still on many owners’ minds, as well as the commissioner.

It’s not as easy as you think. Selig has to get 75 percent of the owners to agree to the idea of the A’s to San Jose.

It’s worth repeating, but there’s this: if negotiating with the players is difficult for the league, often times the battles within baseball’s own ranks can be just as tough. Just ask the Athletics. They were supposed to be moving to San Jose last month.


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes SportsMoney blog.. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

FacebookFollow the Business of Sports Network on Facebook

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?