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The A’s and Oakland poised to strike a deal. Thanks to Bud Selig saying the A’s could leave town immediately

Jul 3, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

Bud Selig Reuters

The Oakland A’s have been trying to get Major League Baseball to allow them to move to San Jose for over five years now. That approval has not been and likely never will be forthcoming. But, when the Oakland City Council was poised to reject the team’s new lease for the Oakland Coliseum today, Selig did give them at least some form of approval to move. It was to Bluff City, U.S.A, but still:

The Athletics and Oakland appeared headed for a last-minute deal Thursday morning after the A’s owner informed city and county leaders that had received permission from baseball commissioner Bud Selig to immediately move the team out of Oakland unless a deal was approved.

I’d reckon that permission did not include an actual location where the A’s could go — and if the permission actually scared the Oakland City Council, God, who are these people and why don’t they read up on Major League Baseball’s politics more often — but I guess if it works it works.

And it appears to have worked. The City Council is expected to approve the lease extension today.

  1. sjs1959 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Memphis is getting the A’s?? wow, what will we do with the Redbirds??
    :-)

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Actually, the move would be to Red Bluff (City), Ca. Not really far from Sacto, close to Chico State and those crazy party kids.

    • thisdamnbox - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Are you sure that Craig didn’t mean that Bud and MLB were bluffing the Oakland city council? The As are not moving to small town America, folks.

  2. droman79 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Classic. It’s always telling when politicians are so out of touch on topics that you have knowledge on. It makes you wonder about everything else they pretend to be “informed” about.

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      They’re getting all their information from the lobbyists who pimp them. And no one has more expensive lobbyists than MLB except, maybe, the oil industry.

      • tablescrappy - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        No self-respecting criminal, err, corporation would waste a lobbyist on Oakland. Its politicians are far too inept to understand how to take, use or follow through on the conditions of a bribe. I often wonder if they know how to sit the right way on a toilet seat.

      • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        That may be a conditioned response to avoid the leakage on one side of the toilet.

      • chrisernst82 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        I think the Health Care industry should be added to the mix here.

      • dakotah55 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        uhm, DoD perhaps.

        Hi to all my “friends” at the NSA!!

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Yes, baseball has expensive lobbyists…

        Big Pharmaceutical companies…

        Big Five Oil profits – The PROFITS (NOT revenues, but only profits) of the big 5 oil companies was $93 BILLION in 2013.

        MLB is only a $9 billion industry total, their profits are much smaller than that.

        Tobacco companies – they do some serious lobbying…

  3. jarathen - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    And here I thought Iowa could earn an actual blackout territory instead of the ENTIRE MIDWEST we currently enjoy.

  4. El Pollo Loco - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    So then the Raiders will be in fact leaving now.

  5. hcf95688 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    The wording is very telling. “move out of Oakland”. Mr. Wolff has said many times that he intends to keep the team in the Bay Area. Heads would roll at Oakland City Hall with the sight of the A’s playing the rest of this season at AT&T Park.

  6. jm91rs - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I really don’t understand why they want to stay in that park? I’m not up on the specifics, but I know that place is a dump and it seems that every other team is trying to get into new stadiums elsewhere.

    • clydeserra - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      they don’t want to stay. for the past 10-15 years they have been trying to relocate.

      But while there, they enjoy:

      Revenue sharing money
      being able to not pay up to $5M of fees collected and owed to the city
      Not having to pay for a new stadium

      There are tremendous reasons for staying. All of them end in “oney.”

  7. thebadguyswon - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Montreal A’s.

    • daveitsgood - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      Billy Beane’s s#!t doesn’t work in the metric system

      • nbjays - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Or in French.

      • adenzeno - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Vraiment?

  8. tcostant - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    How the MASN deal coming Bud??? The Nationals and O’s are in limbo to you do SOMETHING.

  9. rcali - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    San Diego needs a professional team. How about moving them there? Stadium already built in a great area. Love visiting San Diego.

  10. smoothaswilkes - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    “the Oakland City Council, God, who are these people and why don’t they read up on Major League Baseball’s politics more often”

    The local government is Oakland is terrible and headed by, perhaps, the worst mayor in America. This is not surprising if you live in the Bay Area. You would think with all the people moving to Oakland due to SF being too expensive that things would change but it just seems to be the same old on the other side of the bay. At least the weather is nice, lol.

  11. montrealknowledge - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Montreal will take em in a second… Money ball would be even more important after the exchange.

  12. drewsylvania - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Our long national nightmare…continues.

  13. scoochpooch - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    So MLB as a whole gets screwed again. Keeping the A’s in Oakland with that current stadium is just hurting the league. I think the ultimate goal was for either the A’s or Raiders to move, so hopefully the Raiders will move down to the NFL owner’s perpetual threat city of LA. Does the lease extension still include the language that A’s can opt out and move in 4 years?

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