MLB chief rebuffs mayor's request over Oakland A's

MLB chief Bud Selig rebuffs meeting request by San Jose Mayor Reed over Oakland A's ballpark

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed will not be sitting down with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to discuss the Oakland A's pursuit of a San Jose ballpark.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/ZbftNX ) Selig has rebuffed Reed's April 2 request for a personal meeting. The commissioner says the mayor should instead talk to Robert Starkey, a sports consultant who worked with MLB on stadium issues for the Minnesota Twins.

Selig added in his response that Reed's reference to "additional litigation" over the proposed A's move was not productive.

Selig assigned a special committee four years ago to study the proposed A's move to San Jose. The San Francisco Giants have objected on grounds they relied on territorial rights to the San Jose area when they built AT&T Park.

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