SAN FRANCISCO -- Commissioner Bud Selig said there remains no timetable to make a decision on whether the A's can move to San Jose.
Speaking before Game 2 of the World Series, Selig deflected most every question from a throng of reporters regarding the A's ballpark issue, which has dragged on more than 3 ½ years with no resolution.
Selig declined comment on whether Oakland remains a realistic site for a new venue, whether he expects a resolution before he steps down as commissioner, or whether he'll consider it a failure if the A's don't get a new stadium during his tenure.
"I don't feel any pressure," Selig said. "The only thing ultimately that will guide me -- on every issue, including this one -- is what I think is in the best interest of baseball. That is the only pressure I'll ever feel."
The Giants hold territorial rights to San Jose and are adamantly opposed to the A's moving there. Those rights could be overturned by a 75 percent vote among baseball's 30 owners.
The next round of owners meetings, which take place in November, would seem a convenient time for a vote to be taken, but Selig said the issue is "not on the agenda."
That makes it extremely unlikely the issue will be resolved in 2012.
"It's a very complex situation," Selig said. "People say, 'Oh it's easy, you oughta be able to make a decision.' But it's not if you really understand all the issues, and I think all the parties do understand."
Selig was seen talking to Giants President and CEO Larry Baer and Corey Busch, who is part of the three-man committee Selig appointed to study the A's stadium issue, before Game 1 at AT&T Park. Selig said he has not met with A's managing partner Lew Wolff since arriving in the Bay Area but that he has talked to Wolff on the phone recently.
In other news, Selig said he expects instant replay to be expanded next season to include borderline fair/foul calls down the baselines and for trapped balls. He also confirmed that the one-game wild card playoff format will remain.
Staff writer Mark Purdy contributed to this report.