Baseball commissioner appoints committee to study Oakland A’s
March 30, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) ” Frustrated at the Oakland Athletics’ inability to get a new ballpark, baseball commissioner Bud Selig has appointed a committee to analyze the team’s hopes of obtaining a stadium in its current territory.
Selig met Saturday with Oakland’s management at spring training in Phoenix. His announcement Monday follows the team’s decision Feb. 24 to scrap plans for a ballpark in Fremont.
The team’s lease at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expires after the 2010 season and contains three one-year club options.
“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. “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.”
The committee will be chaired by Bob Starkey, a former Arthur Andersen accountant who has done extensive work for Selig and the Minnesota Twins. Corey Busch, a former San Francisco Giants executive vice president under Bob Lurie who helped negotiate Frank McCourt’s acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers, also will serve on the committee.
They will be joined by Irwin Raij, a lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP who worked on ballparks for the Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins, and baseball chief operating officer Bob DuPuy.