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Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. The Athletics are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From 1968 to the present, the Athletics have played in the Oakland Coliseum. One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1901. Then the Philadelphia Athletics, the team moved to Kansas City in 1955 and became the Kansas City Athletics. In 1968 the team moved to Oakland.

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Oakland Athletics ticketsAs of February 26, 2009 the city of San Jose is expected to open negotiations with the team. Although parcels of land south of Diridon Station are being acquired by the city as a stadium site, the San Francisco Giants' claim on Santa Clara County as part of their home territory would have to be dealt with before any agreement could be made. Since any movement into the Giants territory would require the consent of three quarters of all 30 Major League Baseball owners, moving the A's to San Jose is considered a long shot. The Owners are historically very reluctant to allow teams to move into another owner's claimed territory in fear that they would be setting a precedent to have their own territorial rights terminated in the future.

However, this recently occurred when the Washington Nationals were granted the right to play in the Baltimore Orioles territory starting in 2005. Under that agreement the Nationals were forced to cede ownership of their radio and television broadcasts to the Orioles, making them the only team in the league that does not own their broadcast rights. It is unclear whether the A's or the Giants ownership groups would be willing to enter into a similar agreement.

In December 2009, the city attorney for the City of San Francisco announced that they would sue if the A's were moved to San Jose citing that they would lose revenue if the Giants territorial rights on San Jose were terminated.

If negotiations within the Bay Area fail, Sacramento is considered possible destinations for the team. Sacramento is the home of the team's AAA affiliate, the River Cats, and their stadium was built specifically with the ability to add additional sections in the future to increase seating capacity.

Portland, Oregon is another candidate for the A's or if not, a different major league baseball team desire for relocation to another city. Currently, Portland has the AAA level Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League, affiliated with the San Diego Padres. The nearest major league ball club is the Seattle Mariners while Portland is within their sports market.