If the Oakland A’s and Coliseum officials are unable to come to terms on a new lease deal, the team could be moving to AT&T Park.
According to a report from SFGate.com and Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, Major League Baseball has demanded that any new lease be for only two years. This would allow Oakland owners John Fisher and Lew Wolff the ability to get out of town fast should an opportunity arise for the team to move elsewhere.
Reportedly, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority was pushing for a five to eight year lease with the club, but now MLB is saying that’s a no go. Coliseum officials have held up negotiations over money from food and beverage concessions – something the A’s control, even for Raiders games – and not the lease length, which will become moot anyway if MLB’s demands hold up.
If the two sides are unable to come to terms, Oakland will be playing at AT&T Park starting in April for a period of two years. That is if the San Francisco Giants consent to such a move.
Oakland had wanted to move to San Jose, but the Giants, with MLB in agreement, claimed that territory and any move was blocked. Now the A’s might need San Francisco to avoid becoming homeless.
Ironic, isn’t it?
Giants president Larry Baer declined comment, as did the A’s, according to the report. If a move were to happen, some scheduling would have to be changed as the two teams share home dates several times during the season.
San Francisco could potentially be getting some good rent money from the A’s, something to spend on say… a left fielder? Also, some extra green and yellow in the stands – which seems endlessly odd to me.