drewogatory: The money from Silicon Valley, both in sponsorships and purchase of "charter seats," was vitally important to the building of the park and to the current operating budget of the Giants.There's always going to be more cache surrounding the Giants, even with the A's in San Jose. And with both teams having such well defined fan bases I don't see it having much impact on the Giants. A few casual fans in SJ might choose to go to a couple more A's games, much like East Bay Giants fans do now (because it's cheap and there are always walk ups available, but a new park won't even be cheap).
ihatebuttsex: Glenn Dickey - SF ExaminerForget the urban legend about the agreement between Bob Lurie and the late Walter Haas Jr. and territorial rights. Neither team had any rights beyond their own cities in 1990. Haas was a wonderful human being and would gladly have given Lurie the go-ahead to pursue possible parks in the San Jose area - two attempts at San Jose and Santa Clara were rebuffed by voters - but you can't give away something you don't have.The Giants' rights were negotiated by the ownership when the team was purchased from Lurie in December of 1992. Major League Baseball demanded that the Giants get a new park to replace Candlestick within 10 years. In return, the Giants got territorial rights to the counties down the Peninsula and San Jose. The money from Silicon Valley, both in sponsorships and purchase of "charter seats," was vitally important to the building of the park and to the current operating budget of the Giants.
red5ish: Or, you know, the A's could just build a new ballpark in Oakland. But what they want is to have someone else pay for a new ballpark, such as the taxpayers of San Jose.
neuroflare: Correct me if I'm wrong.So Candlestick is a shiathole, and the Giants needed some leverage for getting a stadium built. The A's do them a solid and give the Giants the rights to the San Jose market. This threat of moving to San Jose forces the city of SF to built AT&T park. Now the situation is reversed, and the A's are stuck in a shiathole you heard about the showers right? dual purpose facility and SF won't give them the rights back to them get a stadium.Am I wrong or are the Giants' ownership being dicks about this?
LibertyHiller: the BS that the Prince of Darkness pulled on the Coliseum Authority.
The Bestest: Lunchlady: Then they stay in Oakland. I think San Jose is doing this so they can finally have a plan when it comes to building a stadium and/or land use.I was thinking more the "Do the A's start seriously exploring leaving the Bay Area at that point?" angle.
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