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The A’s will not be playing in AT&T Park next year

Nov 25, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

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Earlier this month Major League Baseball hand the Oakland A’s told the Oakland Coliseum Authority that unless the Authority renews the A’s lease in Oakland for only two years — which the A’s and MLB want — instead of five — which the Authority wants — that the A’s could move to AT&T Park in San Francisco and play its home games there as early as next season.

Awkwardness averted: the Authority is voting on a two-year extension for the A’s today. The A’s deal is even going to be sweetened somewhat, as the new lease will give the team a greater share of the stadium’s food services and revenues. The vote is expected to pass.

The concession is couched in terms of giving a little to get a little, with the Coliseum Authority president saying that they want to lay the groundwork to keep the A’s permanently. The A’s obviously don’t want that, however. And I’m still pretty dubious that the threat here — that the A’s would go play in San Francisco instead — is one that the team would actually carry out if forced to. If the Authority said “five years or pound sand,” I sorta feel like they’d take the five years rather than become roommates with the Giants or else move to some minor league complex in a city not claimed by any other Major League team as territory.

But now it’s academic. And we probably get two more years of nothing continuing to happen with the A’s and their ballpark woes.

  1. APBA Guy - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I checked the Marine Layer blog this morning, and his take was that this extension is a stop-gap as Craig describes, with some trade-off of rent increases for team control of concessions. And parking fees will increase, again.

    The MLB threat to allow the A’s to play in AT&T evidently worked though, getting the City to back off its 5 year demand and settle for 2 years. This is probably more meaningful for the Raiders than for the A’s, given that the Raiders are serious about a new football stadium in Oakland.

    In any event, the right field fans will know where to gather this year and next, and my car’s autopilot will not have to be re-programmed.

  2. dhalb34 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    It’s time Oakland to start investing in a new stadium for both of them. The conditions of the stadium are deplorable for a major franchise. Go A’s! Go Raiders!

    • clydeserra - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      by “Oakland” I hope you mean “the A’s and the Raiders” because it sure is not time for the City of Oakland to “invest” new stadiums.

  3. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I wonder why they haven’t looked into relocating to Sacramento Las Vegas or San Antonio.The A’s don’t seem very wanted in the Bay Area

    • hcf95688 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Well, for one thing, check the size of the TV market in any of those cities compared to the Bay Area. Then, look at the number of Fortune 500 companies located in any of them compared to San Jose.

      • MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Problem is they can’t get into San Jose MLB I and the Giants are screwing them out of that with that ridiculous territorial rights BS.Its the same thing Al Davis used to claim about LA.the city of Oakland is damn near bankrupt and them building any stadiums for either the Raiders or A”s isn’t realistic.If I’m Lew Wolfe I’d explore other options such as leaving the Bay Area altogether

  4. hcf95688 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Can’t move 40 miles further away from San Francisco because it’s “Giants Territory”, but it’s OK TO MOVE INTO THEIR DAMN BALLPARK? Yeah. That makes a lot of sense. MLB is run by a bunch of crooked assholes.

    • DJ MC - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      The difference is that they would be paying rent to the Giants instead of taking up a chunk of their territory.

  5. creek0512 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    So the Giants will block the A’s from moving to San Jose, but sharing AT&T Park is okay. Well, it’s consistent with how baseball operates.

  6. Anoesis - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Bud Selig obviously has no one around him who isn’t a corrupt, sycophant toady. How else to explain that he has no clue about what his legacy will actually be: PEDs and having the Giants bend the A’s over so MLB can bone them year after year.

    • temporarilyexiled - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Seems farfetched.

      Where’s the embedded, proof-point video?

  7. blynch67 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    “And we probably get two more years of nothing continuing to happen with the A’s and their ballpark woes.”

    Two more years of backed up plumbing. Two more years without being able to entice a quality Free Agent. Likely two more years of declining attendance and an apathetic fan base.

  8. smorrow66 - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Its clear the Oakland Coliseum is a health hazard, worse than the Carnival Cruise Lines – Poop Boat.

    With that in mind, the A’s should always be on the road. For the 162 games they play, the home team has to share the gate 60/40 for those games only.

    This gives OAK a revenue stream, instead of a stream of backed up toilets.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      “The Poop Boat”. Sounds like a less-than-promising TV series. Gavin McLeod and Bernie Kopell are in their 80s so they’ll bow out, and Lauren Tewes at 60 isn’t perky enough. Fred Grandy is out of politics now and back on stage, so maybe he can become the captain. The tough part would be signing guest stars. Maybe if they hire that Balco guy as the doctor they can sign some retired ball players.

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