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Reality and random thoughts

As a diehard A's fan I have been in favor of the team going to SJ so that we can get more revenue and get back to winning Championships (my assumption here is that SJ would provide a much larger revenue base from TV and Corporate sponsorship but this assumption could be challenged). If that scenario cannot happen then I am for a new Oakland ball park (Jack London Square area maybe?). The problem with the former scenario is getting Congress to overturn the Antitrust Exemption. I don't see anyway in hell the A's and San Jose can get through Congress (both houses too I think). I can see the A's and SJ winning a court case overturning the MLB Exemption (based on violation of Sherman Antitrust) but I cannot see getting through Congress (required step to even get to Court). The problem with the latter scenario is that the City of Oakland does not have the money to pay for it so A's ownership would have to foot the bill. And current ownership will not do it. So current ownership's options are: (1) Move out of the Bay Area: or (2) Sell the team (ideally to a local group that could finance a new stadium). I don't see any other markets that would be significantly better from a revenue standpoint than a new stadium in downtown Oakland. Now having said that, to really compete the new digs (wherever they are) would need to generate an enough revenue to afford a $90 million/year (or top 15 payroll)....If we can get to a to a top 15 payroll then I think that would could compete for titles on a year in year out basis...Still dwarfed by the Angels and Rangers but at least it should enable us to keep/acquire some talent on a yearly basis.


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