Say It Aint So
San Jose's only major professional sports franchise should not
partner with the San Francisco Giants
Well, I guess it may be our turn soon. The Sharks
apparently are on the short list to host one of these outdoor games that have
become so popular in the NHL. But where would the game be held?
According to local news reports, the Sharks and the NHL are looking at AT&T
Park in San Francisco, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and Stanford Stadium in
Palo Alto. I believe Levi's would be the best option while AT&T Park should
not even be considered.
Levi's is a brand new football stadium, almost
within view of the current arena, just a few minutes from downtown San Jose.
The football configuration makes it more suitable for hockey than a baseball
stadium like AT&T Park, which is about an hour's drive from the current
Do I have any other objections to AT&T Park? Well,
The Sharks have no business partnering on an event like this with
the AT&T Park owners, the San Francisco Giants. For years and years, the
Giants have used their bogus, archaic "territorial rights" claims to prevent
San Jose from ever acquiring a Major League Baseball team (in this case, the
Oakland A's). In MLB's eyes, San Jose is not treated like the 10th-largest city
in the country, with lots of corporations and high per-capita income.
It is treated as just a suburb of San Francisco, part of the Giants'
"territory" even though San Francisco is 40+ miles away. (Should Oakland be
able to finally, at long last, get a new ballpark done for the A's, that would
be great. I already go to A's games in Oakland so it would be business as
usual. But the issue here is San Jose being shut out from even pursuing the
team, undermining the city's own right of self determination.)
Holding the game at AT&T Park would serve to
reinforce the Giants' bogus claims to San Jose . (Did I tell you already that
the Giants' territorial rights claims to San Jose were bogus?) It's not the
message we want to send to Major League Baseball. By the way, the city of San
Jose, owner of the Sharks' arena, is suing MLB over this whole thing.
Hopefully, San Jose will win big time.
FWIW, I fear that the NHL,
eager to broadcast from glamorous San Francisco for just one day, will schedule
the game at AT&T Park anyway, inconveniencing South Bay Sharks fans and
effectively giving a thumbs-up to the Giants' claims on San Jose.
my plea to the Sharks is, based on principle and the long distance of AT&T
Park from San Jose, please don't do this. Hold the outdoor game at Levi's
Stadium. Hopefully, we won't have a big wind-and-rainstorm that day.
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