Update 11:45 PM – Mark Purdy asks questions of both Wolff and Reed.
Wolff’s reactions to Townsend’s questions:
- Not critical about Selig. Is resigned to the length of the process.
- T-rights isn’t “us against the Giants.” It’s a baseball matter.
- Washington-Baltimore is not comparable to Santa Clara County, and has not been discussed as comparable.
- Acknowledges cities’ financial problems. Emphasizes ballpark will be built with private funds (does not talk about public land or infrastructure).
- Continues to be in touch with San Jose and Mayor Reed.
- Considers real estate transactions for Diridon small in cost relative to ballpark investment.
- Maintains there is no Plan B, Plan A being San Jose.
- Says that there is no financial plan for building in Oakland. Infrastructure costs in Oakland and Fremont are “not in the cards anymore.”
- Oakland Mayor Quan and Wolff have been talking, will meet next month.
- OT – Feels that 49ers and Raiders should share a stadium.
- San Jose site is the only that appears to be ready (EIR, land acquisition).
- Considers being an owner a privilege.
- Says the A’s have a good fanbase, could be bigger.
- Likes the challenge of figuring the plan out, but he’s getting older.
- Hints for the first time that if situation drags past the point where he can see it through, his son (Keith) and staff will do it.
Not much from the interview, but the Quan and succession stuff is revealing.