Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Bottom line, the Giants are and have been acting with bad faith. Before Wolff purchased the team, there was a very pro Oakland group of investors that got blocked by the MLB. One of the reasons cited was local opposition, only when they interviewed one of the principal investors, he said that the Giants had been financing these groups against an ownership group that was gung ho about keeping the A's in Oakland. The reality of the situation is that the Giants don't want the A's in Oakland and they damn sure don't want them in Dan Jose. Even Fremont and Sacramento could be too close for comfort. Essentially the Giants want the entire NorCal region to themselves, so f**k the A's and their fan base, they can head off to Portland or Vancouver for all they care.
This is why I hope this lawsuit is successful and the MLB tells the Giants to go shove it. They don't want any amicable resolution to this, they want the A's gone period.
The Giants would prefer the A's left. The A's would prefer the Giants leave. Youre viewing it from an Athletics-only perspective. Every team wants the market to themselves.
The A's have been bitter for YEARS about the bay area being heavily skewed to the Giants in fan population. Thats just the way it is. The Giants came first, and they captured the loyalty of the bay area early on with Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, Marichal, Perry, etc. They play in the most iconic city in the bay area, and have made it a point to put the best product possible out on the field every year.
The A's have some nerve to say the SJ territory was given as a gift in 1992. The entire bay area was originally the Giants'.
If this whole situation was really just about finding a new home, the A's wouldnt have put all their eggs in the San Jose basket. They covet SJ because they have dollar signs in their eyes looking in that direction. They can keep being hypocrites by making the Giants out as the villain, but the ulterior motive of the A's is to get their foot in the door of the Giants success as a business, and siphon money away from them and into their own pockets.
Its all just business. The Giants have a great model going, and the A's want a part of it. The Giants would rather have the bay area to themselves, but would be fine with the A's just staying on their side of the line and figuring out their own business model. It sucks that Oakland is a pit, but thats how it is.
Major League Baseball hasnt forced the Giants to do anything because theyre one of the top "model" franchises that make the league money. They win, they have the longest current sellout streak in baseball (200) in the best ballpark in the Majors, they have a large fanbase, they have a broad fanbase around the country that buys tickets when they come to town, theyre a top merchandise seller, theyre one of the leading organizations in marketing and social media, etc.
The A's dont make much money, they dont spend much money on the team, they dont have a huge fanbase, they dont have many star players, etc. Baseball isnt going to do anything to drag the Giants business down. They stand to lose on that deal, which is why its been 5+ years of radio silence on the matter.