The Oakland chamber has shown incompetence once again. Read this:
It is my understanding that Major League Baseball (MLB) has appointed a three-person committee to evaluate the options for the development of a new, world-class ballpark for the Oakland Athletics. As part of the MLB analysis, I understand that the appointed, three-member MLB committee will review the level of support in the business community for the Oakland A's, including specific interest in luxury suites, season tickets, and other forms of corporate support.
As a member of the business community that operates within the A's territory, I am pleased to inform MLB that should the A's succeed in moving forward on a new, state-of-the-art, transit-friendly ballpark within its currently defined MLB territory, [INSERT BUSINESS NAME HERE] would be interested in supporting the A's, including pursuing the rights to a luxury suite and/or a package of season tickets subject to a more formal evaluation based on ticket price and availability.
Over at V-Smoothes "A better Oakland, he said Oakland only partisans are going to out some crazy spin on this. I have a feeling that this means Oakland is desperate. In simple words, MLB says that the city the A's currently play in doesn't have enough corporate support and Oakland is looking for it. This will surely impact MLB's decision on where the A's play. So, do the businesses say yes? Probably not, because they haven't for the past forty years. Now this, couple with San Jose's find, should persuade MLB to build in San Jose. However, I don't think they will. For the past few years, it seems like MLB is viewing S.J. as a suburb of San Francisco, not a city of 1,000,000 people and great corporate support. The fate of baseball in San Jose has not been determined yet, however. I believe MLb will determine what San Jose is first, suburb or Corporate city of 1,000,000. If the former happens, the A's will likely leave the Bay Area, or stay in Oakland. If the ladder happens, the t-rights will come to a vote, and the fate of SJ baseball will be decided.