I felt an earthquake this morning. Perhaps it was a omen, a precursor to a much bigger shakeup.
Yesterday, the San Jose Earthquakes announced that they are moving to Houston for the upcoming Major League Soccer season. MLS said they intend to expand back into San Jose as soon as 2007. The city of San Jose then immediately offered to spend $80 million on a new stadium, subject to voter approval.
This afternoon, the A's put out a press release announcing that they want to buy the expansion Major League Soccer franchise in San Jose, should MLS decide to do so.
What the heck could all of this possibly mean? My head is spinning.
OK, I can see that maybe Lew Wolff discovered he likes owning sports teams, and he wants to own another one. Fine. The thing I don't get is this: why put out a press release?
There's something more going on here. There's an intended audience for this press release. There's somebody the A's want to tell that they are officially intending to buy the new Earthquakes.
Could this be a prelude to the A's moving to San Jose? When asked this morning in the San Jose Mercury News, Wolff replied:
"The answer is, I'm going to comply with Major League Baseball rules," Wolff said, after noting that San Jose officially remains the Giants' territory.
Note: Wolff did not say "The A's won't move to San Jose." He said, "We will comply with the rules."
Perhaps, then, this whole Earthquakes escapade is a giant loophole? That there is some way, if the A's own a stadium in San Jose for soccer, they can move to San Jose without legally violating the territorial rights of the Giants?
Or perhaps, more benevolently, the rights to develop the Diridon South property with a soccer stadium can provide the necessary revenue stream needed to build a baseball stadium in Oakland?