The A's have announced that they are no longer even considering staying in Oakland, and they are unwilling to negotiate further on the matter. "We have no interest in covering old ground again, as we need to move forward in finding a future home for our team," the A's said in a prepared statement.
It's no secret the A's are harboring a big crush on San Jose, and reports surfaced this weekend in the Las Vegas Journal-Review that the A's had met with officials from the city of Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas overtures may only be meant to create leverage for the A's, as they would not be able to retain Cisco's naming rights revenue if they left Northen California. The A's stadium is known as Cisco Field, and were the team to relocate outside Northern California, they would no longer receive those precious Silicon Valley millions they receive annually under the current naming rights deal.
The barrier to a San Jose move is that the South Bay and Peninsula areas are deeded by Major League Baseball as Giants' territory. MLB would have to allow such a breech of territorial rights, but the A's may feel they're rather well-positioned to get that exception.
It is known that A's owner Lew Wolff and MLB comissioner Bud Selig were college roommates and fraternity brothers. It is not known whether this fraternity was called "Phi Scamma Fan".
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who harbors a crush on San Jose for entirely non-financial reasons.