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  • 06 Jun
    导出博客文章OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics will be phased out of revenue sharing
    in the coming years as part of baseballs new labor deal, and that puts even more
    urgency on the small-budget franchises plan to find the right spot soon to build
    a new, privately funded ballpark.The As revenue-sharing funds will be cut to 75
    percent next year, 50 percent in 2018, 25 percent in 2019 and then phased out as
    part of the five-year agreement reached Wednesday and formally announced
    Friday.We are very excited that there is an agreement on a new CBA. We are
    committed right now to investing every dollar of revenue that we generate back
    into the on-field product and the fan experience, new As team President Dave
    Kaval said. We will also work hard to increase our revenue in the near term so
    that we can allocate more resources to both of these areas. The new CBA again
    highlights the importance of getting a new ballpark built in Oakland. A new
    ballpark will allow for the most competitive level of play on the field. We are
    laser-focused on making that happen as quickly as we can.Kaval, named to his new
    As leadership position last month while also currently serving as president of
    Major League Soccers San Jose Earthquakes, brings a business savvy and the
    experience from just pulling off the building of the Quakes second-year,
    state-of-the art Avaya Stadium, which boasts the largest outdoor bar in North
    America. He envisions an intimate baseball venue surrounded by the bustle of
    businesses, restaurants and housing.Commissioner Rob Manfred said during the
    Cubs-Giants series in October he would like to see the club stay put and find a
    viable solution in Oakland, and Mayor Libby Schaaf has pledged her
    commitment.The As have a current payroll of $87 million, pending award bonuses
    and adjustments, and that is above only Tampa Bay and Milwaukees. They added
    outfielder Matt Joyce with an $11 million, two-year contract Wednesday and
    avoided a potential arbitration case when first baseman Yonder Alonso agreed
    Friday to a $4 million, one-year contract.Pushing forward for a new ballpark is
    a top priority, along with improving the fan experience at the Coliseum in the
    meantime to keep a frustrated fan base happy until ground breaks to show this
    really will happen -- prompting him to say last month, I know its maybe lipstick
    on a pig.The run-down Coliseum, shared with the Raiders and the last venue with
    both Major League Baseball and football, had multiple sewage problems in 2013
    that caused damage during games among other issues.Kaval is committed to making
    quick progress but also doing this right. That means strong communication with
    city and civic leaders as well as the community and fan base. On Tuesday
    afternoon, Kaval will host his first office hours at the Coliseum open to the
    public on a first-come, first-served basis -- then each Tuesday after that by
    appointment. He has held a similar practice as with the Earthquakes.I do hope
    our new president has a better understanding of what the fans want in order to
    get a new stadium done, catcher Stephen Vogt said in a text message Friday. I
    think its great that he is having office hours that fans can come in and give
    him their opinion on what they would like to see. The new stadium is for these
    fans. These fans deserve a new stadium. They waited long and they still
    supported us through thick and thin the last few years.
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    Thursday nights loss to the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers coach Chip
    Kelly said he plans to examine everything in the coming days, including the
    potential for a change at quarterback from Blaine Gabbert to Colin Kaepernick.I
    dont think anybody played well on offense, Kelly said. Nobody did.The coach has
    stood by Gabbert as his starter for the first five weeks, but Kelly will put the
    quarterback position under the microscope in the next 10 days before the 49ers
    game at Buffalo.I think were going to look at everything, Kelly said. We are
    1-4, we have got to make sure were going out there and giving us the best chance
    to win so were going to look at everything.Kelly said Gabbert played his best
    game of the season last week against Dallas, but Kelly didnt have a similar
    opinion of Gabberts performance in Thursday nights 33-21 loss. Gabbert finished
    18-of-31 for 162 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for a QBR of
    47.9 and a passer rating of 56.1. Gabbert also absorbed seven sacks.Its
    extremely frustrating, Gabbert said. I let this team and this organization down
    tonight and did not play good whatsoever, and thats on me. I had two crucial
    turnovers there that led to points for the Cardinals and that was the difference
    in the game right there. I got to do a better job protecting the football and
    leading this team to scoring more points and winning games.Late in the third
    quarter, with cornerback Chris Davis being tended to with a knee injury, a large
    group of 49ers fans began loudly chanting, We want Kaep. Former 49ers tackle
    Anthony Davis even took to Twitter to advocate a change to Kaepernick.Kaepernick
    changed and quickly departed the Niners locker room after the loss. He did not
    speak to reporters, but Gabbert was standing a few feet away in the auditorium
    where Kelly was answering questions about his job security.Gabbert said he
    understood why Kelly would want to evaluate the position before the teams Oct.
    16 game in Buffalo.Yeah, Ive got to play better, Gabbert said. Theres no
    question to that. Ive got to do a better job leading this football team,
    executing this offense, scoring points, winning games, the whole nine yards.
    Thats just the way it goes. Ive got to play better.In the past, Kelly has
    refraained from considering a change in part because he didnt believe Kaepernick
    was in peak physical condition.dddddddddddd Kaepernick spent most of the
    offseason recovering from shoulder, thumb and knee injuries and then had a
    setback during the preseason because of right shoulder fatigue.Kelly has said
    hed like to see Kaepernick get closer to his former 225-pound playing weight,
    believing that would potentially give him the chance to play at a high level --
    similar to his success in 2012 and 13.Kelly also confirmed that Gabbert has been
    better than Kaepernick in practice, though the coach acknowledged that hasnt
    carried over to games.Blaine has done a really nice job in practice, yes, Kelly
    said. I would expect us to execute in practice now. Its a controlled
    environment; youre in a lot of trouble if youre not having any success in
    practice, either. I think thats what we have to make sure we can do is can we
    take it from the practice field to the game field, and were not doing that right
    now on the offensive side of the ball.Through the first five games, Gabbert
    ranks near the bottom of the NFL in yards per attempt, yards per game and passer
    rating. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, Gabbert fell to 9-31 in his
    career as a starter with Thursday nights loss, which tied him with Warren Moon
    for the second-worst record through a quarterbacks first 40 career starts since
    1970.When Kaepernick last played, he wasnt faring much better. He was 26th in
    the NFL in QBR, 27th in completion percentage and 29th in yards per attempt
    during the first eight weeks of the 2015 season before landing on injured
    reserve.Kelly said the discussion and decision on quarterback wont be made right
    away, but he did say it would be his choice and that general manager Trent
    Baalke doesnt get involved in such matters.Any decision thats made with the
    current roster is a coaching staff thing, Kelly said. Trent had never come in
    and said this guy has to play or that guy has to play. Trent does a great job of
    acquiring talent and getting players on this football team, but hes never once
    told me who has to play where and what the lineup is and all that. ' ' '