It must be great to own a sports team: All you have to do to make headlines is to hop a plane to another city, and then let everyone freak out that you’re planning to move your franchise. Or if you’re really lucky, you can just drive to the next town over:
“He made no commitments, but my feeling, he liked the looks of the property,” said Concord Mayor Dan Helix.
Yeah, of course he made no commitments: Davis is in the middle of negotiations to get Oakland to build him a new stadium on his current site, and “Don’t make me take my ball and drive across the Oakland hills with it!” is exactly the kind of threat he needs to back up his demands. (Not that Davis would ever say it that way, not when spending 90 minutes in Concord and muttering “Mm-hm” thoughtfully will get the same headlines.) And as CSN Bay Area’s Ray Ratto notes:
This is a big deal as soon as Mark Davis says, "Hey, guess who just found $700 million in his sock drawer?" http://t.co/vd9EQQqHZk
— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) October 6, 2013