PHOENIX -- Oakland is no closer to losing the A's, and San Jose is no closer to getting the Major League Baseball franchise it covets.
That despite a report in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday saying the office of Commissioner Bud Selig had given the A's tentative guidelines for a potential move to San Jose.
Citing three sources, the story said that Selig could decide to let club owners vote on approving the move if the A's can satisfy the concerns of the commissioner's office.
The Times also said it was not clear what is contained in the guidelines or how difficult it would be to meet them. But compensation to the Giants -- who have territorial rights to Santa Clara County -- is not believed tobe among the list of issues the A's need to resolve, the Times reported.
A's general manager Billy Beane said he hadn't read the article and was unaware any tentative guidelines to which the story referred. Calls to club president Mike Crowley and owner Lew Wolff were not immediately returned.
"I don't want to be coy about it," Beane said, "but I don't know. My job is to put together a championship level club."
The A's have been trying for the six years to move out of the Oakland Coliseum. The first effort was to move to Fremont. When that didn't work, Wolff set his sights on San Jose.
Four years ago, just after the A's announced their interest in relocating to San Jose and building a stadium, Selig commissioned a
Andy Dolich, whose effort to buy the A's from previous owners Steve Schott and Ken Hofmann in 2000 was effectively thwarted by another "blue ribbon" committee appointed by Selig, is a former A's executive with extensive knowledge of the situation. He has explored trying to buy the A's from Wolff and his group without success.
"The agreement for the Giants to have territorial rights was never meant to last in perpetuity," Dolich said Thursday. "But the Giants have played it well. It's lasted this long and doesn't seem to be going away."
Wolff has said that the A's are just waiting for the go-ahead from MLB. And waiting. And waiting. He has told the Bay Area News Group that the project is "shovel ready."
Dolich, who now teaches at Stanford, has concerns.
"Well, being shovel-ready is not the same as being heavy equipment ready, and you need heavy equipment to build a new stadium," Dolich said. "It may cost $650 million. Whose pocket is that coming out of? Laws have to be passed. Regulations have to be followed."
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