We’re still three weeks from the winter meetings, at which the A’s situation is not guaranteed to be resolved. Until then we wait and stay informed.
- As noted in the previous comments thread and this thread at Big Soccer, Quakes president David Kaval gave an opening date for the new stadium: March 2013. Construction on the 18,000+ horseshoe would begin up to one year earlier.
- There’s a well-worn history of Commissioner Bud Selig playing fast and loose with the rules regarding team owners and their finances. (Bloomberg/John Helyar and Scott Soshnick)
- In order to staunch the bleeding from the last year of McCourt ownership, the Dodgers are cutting prices on season tickets as much as 60% in some locations. (LA Times/Steve Dilbeck)
- Citi Field will be made smaller and more hitter-friendly by the implementation of eight-foot-high fences in front of the some of the existing outfield walls. This includes the notch called “Mo’s Zone” in right field. (NBC New York/Josh Alper)
- The Buffalo Bills and the City of Buffalo are looking at a $100 million price tag for modernizing Ralph Wilson Stadium. The improvements would allow the team to stay 10-15 more years. (Buffalo News/Tim Graham and Mark Gaughan)
- Mother Jones asks if it’s possible for behemoth stadiums to actually be green buildings. (MJ/Ian Gordon)
- The Oakland Tribune may not drop the “Oakland” after all. (SFGate/David R. Baker)
- Then again, Oakland may drop Mayor Quan due to a recall effort. (Tribune/Sean Maher)
- Susan Slusser is the new Vice President of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Congrats, SuSlu! You’ve more than earned it. (SFGate/Vlae Kershner, Henry Schulman)
Features to come after I finish a few things.