Silicon Valley Heavy Hitters to Bud Selig: Bring the A's to San Jose - NBC Bay Area

Silicon Valley Heavy Hitters to Bud Selig: Bring the A's to San Jose

Company CEOs sign open letter to MLB commissioner



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    FREMONT, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Lew Wolff (L) owner and managing partner of the Oakland Athletics poses for pictures with President and CEO of Cisco Systems John Chambers, announcing the building of a new ballpark in Fremont, California, on land owned by Cisco Systems, at their headquarters on November 14, 2006 in San Jose, California. The Oakland A's will purchase the land from Cisco and have sold the naming rights for the new ballpark to Cisco Systems Inc. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

    The effort to relocate the Oakland Athletics to the South Bay just got a big push from some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley.

    In an open letter to baseball commissioner Bud Selig, 75 Silicon Valley leaders have endorsed moving the A's to San Jose. The two-page letter is designed as a show of unity and corporate might -- signatures include such chief executives as Cisco Systems' John Chambers, Yahoo's Carol Bartz, eBay's John Donahoe and SunPower's Tom Werner.

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    In the letter, which was put together by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the company chiefs encourage Selig to give his approval for the move and point out the economic power behind Silicon Valley, noting that local workers generate more than $2 trillion in global revenue.

    Here's a excerpt from the letter: 

    We believe that an intimate state of the art ballpark located on a prime downtown San Jose parcel, close to mass transit and major highways will be a catalyst for economic development in our region. We also believe downtown San Jose offers a compelling location for the advancement of Major League Baseball in the 21st Century.

    Last year, the leadership group released a survey of that showed a majority of support for the A's move to San Jose from 121 leading valley tech companies.

    The CEOs join a number of avid supporters of the effort to move the A's to the South Bay. A's owner Lew Wolff has made it clear that he'd like to move the team out of Oakland and down the road into San Jose.