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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Selig permits A’s to leave Oakland, prompts last minute deal

If you don’t get them a new stadium, the A’s might move to Pocatello, Idaho.

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

The stunning revelation was made by Athletics co-owner Lew Wolff in a 10 p.m. e-mail to officials, in which he wrote: “I was informed tonight that Commissioner Selig, due to the possibility of not having the hearing and vote that we were purported to receive from the JPA, that we will immediately be allowed to seek a temporary or permanent location outside the city of Oakland.”

The e-mail prompted city and county officials to immediately restart negotiations to keep the A’s in Oakland, and a new deal was being discussed Thursday morning by the 8-member board of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority.

Oakland city councilman Noel Gallo, who was initially opposed to the proposed 10-year lease proposal, said city, county and baseball leaders were on the phone hammering out a deal overnight.

“I think this agreement will be fair,” he said. “It might not be perfect, but I think it’ll be good for Oakland and the region in the long run.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 03, 2014 at 01:11 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, bud selig, giants, relocation, stadium, stadium deals

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   1. Traderdave Posted: July 03, 2014 at 04:21 PM (#4742830)
Last minute solution, or next round of BS?

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Selig-permits-A-s-to-leave-Oakland-prompts-last-5598201.php
   2. depletion Posted: July 03, 2014 at 04:45 PM (#4742843)
Where are they going to go? Nowhere. But this one goes to eleven.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 03, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4742854)
Did the Oakland City Council members opposed to the lease extension ever indicate the reasons for their opposition/boycott?
   4. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: July 03, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4742897)
A truly immediate move out of the city would have been awesome. Presumably they'd be playing the current series in Sacramento on an emergency basis, then to one of the bigger parks without a AAA tenant -- Hiram Bithorn in San Juan or TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha (where I'd guess they'd have to pay the Royals compensation, which would be kind of awesome). Or, better yet, the Little League World Series stadium in South Williamsport. It seats 40,000, and you could probably move the fences out to 320 or so, though you'd have to chop down the hedge and the last 50 feet all the way around would be on a fairly serious incline.
   5. Yellow Tango Posted: July 03, 2014 at 06:45 PM (#4742901)
Atlanta has a stadium that will be available soon.
   6. The_Ex Posted: July 03, 2014 at 06:49 PM (#4742907)
Is this intimidation, blackmail or both?
   7. Khrushin it bro Posted: July 03, 2014 at 07:08 PM (#4742918)
Is this even legal?
   8. void*** (SC) Posted: July 03, 2014 at 07:26 PM (#4742929)
Is this intimidation, blackmail or both?

It seems more like a defensive maneuver to me. Because without the permission Oakland would have the A's against the wall: there are no alternatives to the Coliseum in Oakland and you need somewhere to play next season, now shut up and sign a 25-year lease...
   9. Gamingboy Posted: July 03, 2014 at 07:28 PM (#4742931)
Oakland City Council are crap poker players.
   10. Traderdave Posted: July 03, 2014 at 07:36 PM (#4742940)
Oakland's "leaders" couldn't run a whorehouse on an army base.

   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 03, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4742979)
Since no one responded to post # 3, I had to RTFA:
The deal is essentially the same proposal that the A's and Coliseum board made public on Tuesday - but which the Oakland City Council tried to kill. The council wanted the A's to pay $21 million over the 10 year term of the lease instead of $15.5 million, which the team will pay, and they wanted the A's to commit to playing in the Coliseum until at least Dec. 31, 2019 instead of Dec. 31, 2017.

I still suspect someone was looking for a cash-filled envelope.
   12. bobm Posted: July 03, 2014 at 09:23 PM (#4742994)
http://newballpark.org/2014/07/02/summary-of-2014-coliseum-lease-agreement/
   13. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: July 03, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4742999)
Move 'em here!
   14. shoewizard Posted: July 03, 2014 at 11:55 PM (#4743079)
Oakland's "leaders" couldn't run a whorehouse on an army base.


You know when you read something that from first glance is obviously an old joke, but you've never heard it before, and it makes you spit your coffee ?

Yeah, this
   15. John Northey Posted: July 04, 2014 at 01:13 AM (#4743094)
I say move them to Montreal and rename them 'Expos'.
   16. Bote Man Posted: July 04, 2014 at 01:45 AM (#4743101)
What would the Blue Jays say about that?
   17. bobm Posted: July 04, 2014 at 02:10 AM (#4743108)
Move them to Philadelphia and rename them 'Blue Jays'.
   18. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 04, 2014 at 03:36 AM (#4743119)
Oakland has a grand opportunity to improve their economic base by letting a crappy business walk instead of giving it handouts, and they are going to fumble it away because ti's threatening to move with nowhere to go?

They really want to subsidize an immense concrete structure that provides mostly minimum wage jobs for 4 hours every one out of four days? While the owner and a small set of ludicrously highly paid employees spend their profits and paychecks almost entirely out of the city?

I can't imagine how much more economic value they'd get selling or even giving the property away to a developer to build office or retail space without subsidies, that will create far more full time jobs by being operated full time year round, with a much more balanced range of wages, and likely with more of the profits/wages spent inside the city's borders.
   19. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: July 04, 2014 at 04:00 AM (#4743122)
They're already subsidizing an immense(ly expensive) rail extension from the Coliseum-adjacent BART stop to the airport even though there's a perfectly good (and cheaper for passengers) shuttle bus service in place because... those unclassy shuttle buses are the reason most folks fly thru SFO, or something? The stupidity of Oakland's leaders is just staggering.
   20. Flynn Posted: July 04, 2014 at 04:55 AM (#4743124)
I approve Selig doing this because Oakland's politicians are staggeringly incompetent. This had nothing to do with principle, it was more about posturing and an internecine rivalry between Rebecca Kaplan and Oakland's exceptionally idiotic mayor, Jean Quan.

Even if the A's said we're off, they wouldn't build a community there. They'd probably build a football stadium for the Raiders, the team that plays in Oakland less than one-tenth as often as the A's.
   21. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: July 04, 2014 at 08:26 AM (#4743134)
I approve Selig doing this because Oakland's politicians are staggeringly incompetent.

QFT.
   22. Ziggy's screen name Posted: July 04, 2014 at 10:24 AM (#4743153)
Since it's clear that cities with teams are going to end up paying money somehow, they should at least keep that money in public coffers. How about this: the cities with teams and the localities that could plausibly support teams get together and strike a deal whereby the former pay the latter to not offer any enticements (stadia, tax breaks, etc) to get teams to move.

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