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San Jose may sue Giants to aid A’s move
- Updated: March 4, 2013
San Jose city council member Sam Licardo is spearheading an effort to put pressure on the San Francisco Giants to allow the Oakland Athletics to move to the south.
In an interview with Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News, Licardo explained his position and exactly how the Giants were costing San Jose a large sum of money:
“The concern that seems to be broadly discussed is about litigation on behalf of the San Francisco Giants,” Liccardo told the paper. “But the San Francisco Giants should become concerned about the threat of a lawsuit by the city of San Jose.”
It’s a story that has moved at a snail’s pace, but has a lot of moving parts. At the forefront, the city of San Jose is claiming that the Giants’ ownership of the San Jose market and subsequent efforts to prevent the A’s from moving and capturing some of that fan base is costing them millions.
Politics are playing a large role as the Giants have also made attempts to undermine the city’s proposal for a new downtown stadium with the formation of a group called “Stand for San Jose”. Ironically, the San Francisco Giants’ minor league affiliate San Jose Giants are major stakeholders in the group and are spearheading the effort to create what the story has cited as “bogus” claims about a negative environmental impact of a San Jose ballpark.
Licardo is ready to fight, and if it weren’t A’s owner Lee Wolff’s reluctance to create waves with Major League Baseball, then there would likely have been action before now. Wolff is close friends with commissioner Bud Selig and has remained relatively quiet about the whole matter.
“The A’s ownership wants to find an amicable solution. But for the strong desire of Lew Wolff to play nice, I would be urging my colleagues to file suit right now,” said Licardo.
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