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Oakland’s mayor is surprised the A’s announced a lease extension. Says it isn’t a done deal.

Jun 26, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

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Yesterday the Athletics and Major League Baseball announced that the team had reached a ten-year lease extension for the Oakland Coliseum. The mayor of Oakland is less-than-impressed:

“We are still negotiating, so were surprised by the announcement of an agreement,” she said. “We plan to meet (Thursday), continue negotiations, and hope there will be an agreement soon.”

There is still Coliseum Authority and city and county official approvals needed, so she is correct that this isn’t done. One must read the politics into all of this, of course. The mayor and city officials want the A’s to move down to the waterfront, the A’s and Major League Baseball want no part of that. And they still want to keep options open to leave town entirely.

  1. hojo20 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    If they got rid of Mt Davis, it’d be a great looking stadium.

    • Tick - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      The Raiders coming back ruined the Coliseum. Used to be one of the best bleachers in baseball when I was a kid. It’s a mess out there now.

  2. rollinnumbers - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    a great looking stadium with still too much foul territory and the fans sitting so far away

    • dowhatifeellike - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      I would hope that sewage system renovations are part of any lease agreement.

    • scatterbrian - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Foul territory is not the Mausoleum’s primary concern.

      What gets overlooked is the interior. I’m not talking sewage – though that’s an obvious quagmire — but the facilities in general: clubhouse, gym, cages, video room, showers/amenities, etc. There are a bunch of colleges whose facilities put Oakland’s to shame.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        And that there are college facilities that nice is a shame in its own right. There are better places to spend tax dollars. Say, on making tuition lower for all students instead of making a nicer weight room for the jocks.

  3. APBA Guy - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    As always, from Rhamesis Muncada:

    http://newballpark.org/

    Key takeaway:

    “That makes it official. MLB is throwing its support behind Wolff and his plan, however nascent, for re-doing the Coliseum complex.”

    Redoing the mausoleum makes the most sense. The city of Oakland doesn’t have the cash for a major development along the waterfront, as some want, nor is it’s campaign to lure SF start-up spillover working to the level they would have you believe: VC spend in Oakland was 5% of SF spend in 2013.

  4. dw3dw - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Perhaps Bud Selig and MLB should appoint a “blue ribbon” panel or committee to study this issue. Haha.

  5. simon94022 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    The A’s are negotiating with the Joint Powers Authority, which was created by both the City and County governments. The JPA and probably Alameda County want the A’s at the Colisseum long term. Mayor Quan and other City Officials want to use that site for a vast development centered on a Raiders stadium and move the A’s to a waterfront site. Most independent observers think the Mayor’s ideas are pipe dreams, even before taking into account the fact that Oakland is offering no public money for any of it.

    The A’s and the County/JPA officials appear to be the grown ups here. The City of Oakland just continues to embarass itself.

  6. soleman50 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    The Mayor of Oakland is & always will be a nut job!!

  7. serbingood - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    In the meantime Dionne Warwick, or her hologram, is warming up the singing pipes to belt out a heart warming rendition of ‘Do You Know The Way……’

    Regardless, the A’s are showing that winning is not directly related to the condition of the home ball park.

  8. tmc602014 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Is this the only mayor in America that does not want a major sports franchise? The A’s have been trying everything to get out of town for what, a decade? Now it seems they are ready to stay a while but the mayor says “wait a minute…”

  9. mazblast - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    All it means is that the payoffs haven’t been made yet, or that Hizzoner wants more than he’s already been promised.

  10. clydeserra - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    10 year lease?

    For sure that means an all star game soon, right?

  11. tablescrappy - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Deal is done. The mayor is either out of touch or still in the process of appeasing the Raiders with a city-funded licking of Mark Davis’s boots. Eh, probably both.

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