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Bud Selig reiterates Athletics need a new ballpark

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm •  Published: August 19, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bud Selig will likely leave his tenure as baseball commissioner early next year with one unsettled situation that has him "frustrated."

The Oakland Athletics still don't have the new ballpark he says he believes they desperately need.

Selig praised all parties after the A's recently reached a 10-year lease agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to stay at the rundown Coliseum. Whether the A's are able to one day build a new stadium at the current Coliseum site or elsewhere in Oakland, Selig will support the team's ideas.

"This is always something I wanted to get resolved before I leave office, which is another 5½ or six months," Selig said Tuesday, citing litigation as the current snag. "I've always said the local club, they know their market best."

Sitting next to fraternity brother and longtime friend, A's owner Lew Wolff, Selig acknowledged the criticisms of Oakland's ballpark situation while saying, "It's complicated, it's very complicated."

Earlier this year, the City of San Jose appealed a judge's decision throwing out a key argument in its lawsuit against Major League Baseball over the A's plans to relocate to San Jose, where the San Francisco Giants hold territorial rights.

At the January 2012 owners' meetings, Selig said the Bay Area situation was on the "front burner." He appointed a committee in March 2009 to study the issues facing the teams, but never ruled on the matter.

"I know there's been criticism about the length this has taken. I'm proud of everything we've done the last 22 years, but this is one of those things as I look back on it, however, it's complicated, it's very complicated," Selig said. "Now we have litigation, so everything is now on hold. That's just a fact of life once we get in litigation. But let me say at the outset, this team needs a new ballpark. ... Once the litigation's resolved, then we'll all proceed."

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