Two years since Selig appointed his "blue ribbon" panel and no decision yet?(This is very puzzling considering that Bud Selig has commented that the A's need a new ballpark - that the Coliseum is unacceptable for MLB). One would think that Selig would desire to solve this issue sooner.
Also - how can the A's - by moving fifty miles further away from SF and the giants - intrude into the giants' fan-base and steal gnats fans? (This must be the first instance in professional sports where one team sharing a two-team fan-base is moving further away from the other team and the other team opposes the move because it infringes into their fan-base? - very ridiculous and lame.)
The other lame gnats management argument that giants has been the long-time traditional favorite of San Jose MLB fans is equally foolish. (San Jose voters have already rejected a giants plan to relocate at San Jose - how can the gnats mgt. claim that San Jose is a giants stronghold even though San Jose has previously rejected the giants and a proposal to move to SJ?) - the giants' arguments against the A's move are very lame - however they are very humorous and provide good comic relief.
San Jose is an ideal location for MLB - it is the 10th largest city in the U.S., and statistically compares very favorably to other major cities (low crime rates, etc.), and also strongly supports local sports (when have the Sharks failed to sell out a home game? - very rarely) How could Selig and MLB even think of contracting the A's when moving the team to SJ would make much more sense. Also any contraction plan would - to please the MLB player's union - require the remaining MLB clubs to expand their rosters from 25 to 27. Because the average MLB player's salary is $3 million annually - that equals $6 million a year. One would think that most MLB owners would not favor increasing their payrolls an additional $6 million only because a few goof-ball owners such as the giants' neukum or Steinbrenner from the Yanks are in favor of it.