A’s owner Lew Wolff wants to relocate the team to San Jose, but he realizes this may never happen with the Giants holding tight onto their South Bay territorial rights.
Wanting to remain in the Bay Area and with no desire to sell the team, Wolff reportedly will stay at 48-year-old, dilapidated O.co Coliseum past his 2015 lease if the city gives him a long-term deal – five to 10 years – and allows him to make $10 million in improvements that would include two HD video scoreboards and LED ribbon boards.
You know, spiff up the joint like other baseball parks.
But if the city gives in to Wolff and the A’s, it will be turning its back on the Raiders, who are banking on the city to match the team’s $300 million contribution – plus $200 million from the NFL – to build a 50,000-seat, $800,000 million stadium on the existing site of the Coliseum.
On Sunday at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla., Raiders owner Mark Davis said if his team doesn’t have a deal by the end of this summer’s training camp, the Raiders won’t play at the Coliseum beyond the 2014 season.
Meaning adios Oakland, hello Los Angeles, Part Deux.
While the issue isn’t as pressing with the Warriors, it’s only a matter of time before the NBA franchise moves to San Francisco.
So what’s it going to be, Oakland? The Raiders? The A’s? Both? Neither?
Ideally, Oakland would keep all three teams in a venue called Coliseum City, with the franchises getting the stadium, ballpark and arena of dreams.
Unfortunately, the reality could be more like a nightmare, in which the Raiders leave for Los Angeles, the Warriors move to San Francisco, and the toilets continue to overflow for the next 10 years at O.co Coliseum, home of the A’s, Oakland’s only major-league pro franchise.