A Cisco Field Upset?

5:30 PM -- Peter Magowan, managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants, is stepping down today. There's a news conference scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

Here's why Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) might care: The resulting chain of events might -- might -- disrupt plans for Cisco Field, the baseball park that the Oakland A's hope to inhabit in 2011. Er, make that 2012.

Cisco Field is in Fremont. It can't be in San Jose or Santa Clara because the Giants hold territorial rights to that part of the Bay Area.

Magowan -- who leads the 30-person cooperative that owns the Giants -- was adamantly against selling those rights. What if his replacement -- reportedly the former chief attorney at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) -- isn't?

San Jose or Santa Clara would be more accessible to a larger swath of baseball fans, especially the season ticket and luxury box kind. Fremont is too far north, and all along there have been questions about the traffic and parking problems the chosen Cisco Field site could cause. For all the bells and whistles promised behind Cisco Field, a proper South Bay site (probably Santa Clara) has to sound tempting.

It's all just delicious speculation right now. Have a taste here.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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