Let's make a deal
On television, the judge bangs a gavel and rules on everything. In real life, the judge nudges you to settle before he would have to rule.
As entertaining as it might be to see Commissioner
San Jose officials have complained for years that MLB won't let its owners vote yes or no on the A's move. MLB officials have complained in turn that owners could vote yes and the new A's stadium might never materialize. As The Times reported last February, MLB has given the A's tentative guidelines for a potential move.
So here's an idea: MLB gives San Jose criteria to meet, and the two sides agree on a deadline. If San Jose meets the criteria and the deadline, and if the A's fulfill their guidelines, then MLB lets the owners vote — with no guarantee of approval.
"That would be a straightforward way of doing it," said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.
MLB declined to comment. However, Selig generally does not allow any vote unless he has a pretty good sense of the outcome. He prefers unanimous votes. This one would be divided and unpredictable, with the likelihood of intense lobbying. The
The league isn't yet convinced that the A's could guarantee enough revenue from a new ballpark in which the long-term average attendance is projected at 24,300. The league also worries about the possibility of deciding to award the A's to San Jose, only to see the new ballpark defeated at the ballot box.
Reed offered three years ago to hold that election, but MLB asked him to hold off.
"We could have had an election ahead of the decision," Reed said. "We would have already had an answer. The issue could have been resolved a few years ago."
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