Selig Gives A's OK To Expand Stadium Talks

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is giving the Oakland Athletics permission to talk about a new stadium
with other communities if officials in Fremont don't quickly approve a proposed new stadium.

The A's plan to build a ballpark that would cost about $500 million, primarily from private funds. But they have yet to win approval by officials in Fremont, a Bay Area suburb about 20 miles south of the team's long-time home in the Coliseum.

Selig says the A's need a new ballpark to remain competitive. A's owner Lew Wolff says he remains optimistic that the A's will be able build in Fremont.

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