Are Oakland Athletics Headed To San Jose?
Question: how is it possible for a major leagues baseball team to make $30 million in revenue sharing in a year and yet lose $1 million at the end of the fiscal year? Welcome to the world of Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics, and a baseball city and market that continues to struggle with that aforementioned question. In the past few weeks Beane has been forced to play a financial game he is quite accustomed to playing, namely trading young, talented players he can’t afford to keep for younger, unproven players he can afford and hopes will develop quickly.
Gio Gonzales to the Washington Nationals…..Trevor Cahill to the Arizona Diamondbacks…..this is familiar territory for Beane as he juggles players in an attempt to field a competitive team in a struggling economic landscape. Last year Oakland was dead last in attendance, averaging just over 18,000 fans per home game. Meanwhile, across the Bay, San Francisco was third in attendance averaging 41,000 fans per contest. It is enough to drive a general manager crazy and also to force ownership to look for a viable alternative.
Turns out that alternative is very close at hand. San Jose, the third largest city in California and the tenth largest in the United States, is eager and willing to become the new home of the Athletics. As the central hub of the rich Silicon Valley, San Jose is ready and willing to provide a new park, a fan base that numbers in the millions, and without a doubt a rich television contract.
All that has stood in the way in the past is the San Francisco Giants who have insisted on having the San Jose area as their own private domain, but that appears to be changing and sooner rather than later. All indications are that the League is eager to get this deal done and word of it happening could occur by February 2012. If it does indeed happen Mr. Billy Beane may find himself in a whole new reality playing with the big boys and competing with the Yankees, Red Sox and Angels where spending is concerned.
And of course a move of the team would mean relocation of forty players and assorted coaches and management personnel because quite frankly living in San Jose is infinitely preferable to living in Oakland.
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