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A’s eager for resolution to territorial rights

The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Oakland Athletics say their attempt to relocate some 40 miles away to San Jose is not “a move that seeks to alter or in any manner disturb MLB territorial rights.”

The A’s released a statement Wednesday saying they hope Commissioner Bud Selig, his committee on the Bay Area issue and a vote of baseball’s owners will allow the club to leave its current venue in the aging Oakland Coliseum and build a new ballpark in technology-rich Silicon Valley – even though the San Francisco Giants hold territorial rights to the area.

The A’s said being allowed to move “will enable us to join the fine array of modern and fun baseball parks that are now commonplace in Major League Baseball.”

At the January owners meetings, Selig said the situation was on the “front burner.” He appointed a committee in March 2009 to evaluate the issue.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – With its sports teams threatening to leave for greener pastures, the city of Oakland is attempting to entice them to stay with plans for new facilities.

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The City Council on Tuesday approved spending $1.6 million to study the viability of new sports facilities for the Athletics, Raiders and Warriors.

The council allocated another $1.9 million for planning and environmental work around the arena and adjacent coliseum the teams currently call home. The plan encompasses a possible new convention center, shopping, entertainment and hotels.

The money is among the last of the city’s redevelopment funds, and the study is expected to take more than a year to complete.

City Council President Larry Reid said the project would transform the city.

“When I see this actually getting built, that’s when I’ll get excited. But this is a great first step,” Reid said.

While the city is allocating money for this initial study and planning, a new stadium would be built with private money, including contributions from the teams, official said.

Both the A’s and Raiders have complained about having to share the O.co Coliseum.

The A’s are currently awaiting a decision from Major League Baseball about whether they can move to San Jose, which is currently considered the territory of the San Francisco Giants.

The Warriors, meanwhile, have talked to San Francisco officials about relocating to a new arena there, next to the Giants’ ballpark.

Oakland will hire a development team including HKS Architects, a Dallas firm behind the Cowboys Stadium and dozens of others.

The A’s and Raiders did not comment on the city’s announcement.

But Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder said the team wants to meet and discuss the new developments with city leaders. The Warriors in December said the team wanted a new arena and had been talking with San Francisco about it.


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