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Wolff on the Coliseum: “It’s all a bunch of crap … it stinks.”

Jun 17, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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OK, admittedly the elipses covers a TON of ground here. So much so that I’m clearly and juvenilely trying to make poop jokes out of this Oakland Coliseum thing. But A’s owner Lew Wolff did say those things to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Less juvenilely, Nightengale’s article is interesting beyond potty humor. Specifically, in it Wolff outlines past sewage incidents at the Coliseum, one as recently as this past Wednesday in a stadium restaurant. Nightengale also notes that, contrary to my and others constantly saying that Bud Selig’s blue ribbon committee on Oakland is still working, it did release something recently:

Major League Baseball, which hoped the A’s and Giants would somehow reach an agreement on their own, finally got a resolution from their blue ribbon committee. The committee submitted a set of guidelines to Wolff in February, and if he agreed to meet the requirements, a move could soon be underway.

Wolff won’t talk about the guidelines. Neither will the Giants. Or even Major League Baseball.

As Nightengale notes, the guidelines, whatever they are, clearly aren’t realistic and/or appealing or else something would have happened by now.

But it is worth noting for accuracy’s sake that the committee’s work is done and Major League Baseball’s failure to do anything about the A’s awful situation has entered a new and different era.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Is the Coliseum so rundown that renovation work to at least make the stadium more user-friendly? That’s the only resolution I can see being realistically possible, because clearly either the Giants are too damn stubborn to allow the A’s to get a stadium in San Jose or MLB is made up of people far too incompetent or slow to come up with a resolution.

    • tcostant - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      This is so stupid. The only reason the Giants have rights to San Jose is because the A’s gave it to them when it looked like the Giants would move there. Give it back!

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Yeaaaaaaah, I don’t think they’re gonna do that, especially after winning the World Series twice in the last 3 years.

      • tferr85 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Two things about that:

        1) The old Oakland ownership gave them to the old Giants owner. Neither side owes the other any loyalties.

        2) The teams have been bought/sold under the current rights and territories and you can bet that the current Giants owner paid a premium for having those rights while poor old Lew got a discount for the A’s not having those rights.

        So no the Giants shouldn’t just hand those rights over, it would be bad business. They should make the A’s py fair market price for them just as the did in the early 90’s

    • billybawl - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      I think you can pin much of the blame on Selig for the delay — he likes to build consensus among the owners and keep them all happy but it’s just not possible here. That’s been clear for a very long time. I suppose it says something of him that this hasn’t blown up yet, but something has to give very soon.

      The other problem is that nobody wants to pay for stadium renovations, especially with the A’s in limbo. Don’t forget that the A’s and Raiders are (unequal) co-tenants of the coliseum authority.

    • Sideline Mob - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      How come no one is talking about the sewage that the Angels are pumping directly on the field game after game?

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    “the A’s awful situation has entered a new, different and smelly era.” There! I corrected it!

  3. El Bravo - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Give ’em the ol’ stink eye I say!

  4. tcostant - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Next MASN deal. When will that be resolved as the O’s con’t to steal money out of the Nationals pockets.

    • nolanwiffle - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Your Honor!! Relevance??

      • tcostant - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        More stuff that Bud “Out” Selig has avoided rather than resolving…

    • DJ MC - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Aww, that’s so cute. “Stealing money out of the Nationals’ pockets.” As though the Nationals and Major League Baseball didn’t agree to the deal to facilitate the move in order to avoid the embarrassment of losing a lawsuit to Peter Angelos and finding their plans stymied.

      Nationals fans need to enjoy the fact that they have a team, one that based on their free-agent history has plenty of cash lying around, and a brand-new stadium, and mustn’t suffer the horror of driving up 95 to see a better team play in a nicer park.

      • tcostant - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        I don’t think you know the facts. The deal had a re-set of the rights fee after 5 years; so for two years now the Nationals are getting the prior amount while Bud wants to build consensus. Just to give you an idea of the numbers the Nationals think the number should be $100 to 120 million a year, while the O’s think it is closer to $35M per.

        So the “answer” lies shomwhere in the middle, which make it a fact that the Nationals have been under paid for two year by some amount.

  5. number42is1 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM

  6. 4d3fect - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Well, ninety percent of everything is crap.

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