San Jose mayor: 'If it wasn't for the Giants, the A's would be playing in San Jose'

Jonah Birenbaum

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San Jose mayor Chuck Reed recently suggested that the Athletics' quest to disavow the city of Oakland in favor of San Jose has no greater opponent than the San Francisco Giants, according to the Associated Press.

"If it wasn't for the Giants, the A's would be playing in San Jose," said Reed, who suspects the A's will generate $5 million in tax revenues per year. "It certainly would have a dramatic impact on our downtown."

The Giants refuse to publicly address their role in the A's proposed move to San Jose, but the league has noted that the city falls within the marketing jurisdiction of the Giants, territory that's protected by an antitrust exemption.

The city of San Jose has tried to expedite the increasingly arduous process by filing a federal lawsuit to strike down the antitrust exemption, but has yet to see the desired results.  

Meanwhile, Oakland mayor Jean Quan has outlined her intention to keep the A's in Oakland, and maintains that relocation will be difficult.

"The odds of them leaving have never been particularly good," Quan said.

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