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February 17, 2010 > Santa Clara County territorial rights

Santa Clara County territorial rights

Dear Mr. [Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud] Selig:

As you are aware, circumstances have prompted the management of the Oakland Athletics to seek a new stadium site in a different city. One of the cities being discussed is San Jose. However, I understand that one of the objections to the Athletics coming to San Jose is that the Giants will not release the claimed territorial rights they enjoy in Santa Clara County. I understand you have convened a special task force to study the issue.

For my part, as a local elected government official, I have rallied many cities and our county to support the Oakland Athletics in their move. In the deliberations of the various cities the issue was discussed and to date nine cities in our region have adopted resolutions urging Major League Baseball to change their ruling on territorial rights.

As the commissioner I know you recognize how critical it is to have broad community support to ensure the success of the franchise. The County of Santa Clara, representing almost two million residents, has spoken with their resolution. In addition I am thankful to the many cities who have adopted resolutions. I urge you to work with the committee and other owners to resolve this in favor of the Oakland Athletics move to San Jose. They will play a vital part in the economic development of this area of Northern California. They will also enjoy a new stadium without disruption to their current fans and be able to call San Jose home for many years.

Feel free to contact me directly if I can help in any way.

Sincerely,

Dave Cortese
County Supervisor - Third District



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