For years, it’s seemed inevitable that the Athletics would be moving out of Oakland, either to San Jose or, God forbid, Fremont. But while the team ownership prefers to relocate, San Jose doesn’t have the redevelopment money at hand to build a baseball stadium. By contrast, Oakland is projected to have a $20 million surplus in their Central District fund.
Baseball would rather not move its franchises - they’ve only had one move since 1972, five fewer than the NFL during that span. The A’s were facing a “territorial rights” dispute with the Giants, should they try to move to San Jose. It already makes all kinds of sense to stay put, preserve public goodwill, and not force a name change to “Golden State Athletics” or some such nonsense. And now, they’ve got twenty million more reasons not to leave.