A's Ownership: Team Not for Sale

Managing partner denies team has interested buyers.

By Jason Middleton
|  Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012  |  Updated 7:15 AM PDT
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A's Ownership: Team Not for Sale

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Lew Wolff (left) told the Mercury News that nobody has contacted him about other groups interested in buying the Oakland Athletics.

One site's story reports there are groups interested in buying the Oakland A's and keeping the team in Oakland. That was Monday. Another site's story has the A's managing partner denying the team is for sale and that he will continue to pursue a move to San Jose.

Both stories could be right.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported two groups -- one headed by a Silicon Valley veteran executive -- had or would contact Major League Baseball to express their interest in purchasing the club.

The San Jose Mercury News has an interview with the A's Lew Wolff, managing partner, where he's quoted as saying, "No one has contacted me. It's not for sale, but no one has contacted me. Someone made that story up, I think."

Forbes estimates the team is worth $305 million. Wolff and his partners bought the team in 2005 for $180 million.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan told the Merc she'd consider putting the Victory Court ballpark back in play if an owner would keep the A's in Oakland.

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