Selig awaits report on A's options

Selig awaits report on A's options

PHOENIX -- Commissioner Bud Selig knew the questions were coming, so he took them with ease, but he didn't offer much news during his brief visit to A's camp on Sunday.

The questions, of course, revolved around the club's ongoing stadium and territorial rights issue. Selig said he is awaiting a report from the three-panel committee he appointed to study the A's stadium options, particularly one involving San Jose that would involve territorial rights.

The city of San Jose is considering asking for voter approval to build a ballpark for the A's there, but the San Francisco Giants have publicly stated they would oppose the move due to an encroachment on their territorial rights to Santa Clara County, where they have a Class A team.

San Jose wants an answer by June so it can place a measure on the fall ballot, but Selig said there is currently no timetable for when the panel will have its report ready.

"They're getting close to completing their work," Selig said, "but they have some work that needs to be done. The committee is hard at work, and I have faith in all three of them.

The Commissioner met with Giants officials last week and held court with several A's executives, including Oakland owner Lew Wolff and general manager Billy Beane, on Sunday morning. Selig assured reporters that no news came out of either meeting, as "their message has been pretty consistent."

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Still, Selig acknowledged the A's "can't play in the venue they are in" right now. The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is 43 years old and is one of just two stadiums in the country that houses both Major League Baseball and National Football League teams.

The Commissioner said the panel's proposal will heavily weigh on his decision of how to move forward, but "they're working their way through a lot of things, and they have no recommendations to me yet."

"There is information they're still looking for," Selig said. "They've been extremely thorough, though. It's a complicated, complex process. Each territorial thing is different, so they're working their way through it all.

"There's really no precedent. This one's different because of the history involved."

Wolff has expressed a strong desire to move the A's to San Jose after unsuccessful attempts to build new stadiums in Oakland and Fremont, Calif. However, recent reports have Fremont still in the picture. Selig would not comment on the situation, but according to the San Jose Business Journal, MLB officials have revived the possibility of building a stadium on land surrounding Fremont's New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. auto plant that is scheduled to close.

Jane Lee is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.