Sunday is the fifth anniversary of Bud Selig appointing a three-man “blue ribbon” committee to decide the future home of the Oakland A’s, and I really hope you’re not expecting any news on that front, because that’s not happening no matter how many times sportswriters predict it. There were some A’s-related rumblings this week, though, from another direction:
Raiders owner Mark Davis said Monday that he and the A’s seem to be playing tug-of-war over the future of the Coliseum site and that it’s almost impossible to see how both teams win.
Simply put, if the A’s get the 10-year lease extension they are seeking in lieu of a move to San Jose, the Raiders’ push to get a new stadium built on the site in the Coliseum City project would be severely affected.
Um, yeah, right, it would be tough to tear down the Coliseum and build a new football stadium if the A’s are still playing there. Not that the Coliseum exactly needs to be torn down for this to work — there should be enough room to build a football stadium in the Coliseum parking lot — but if Davis wants to play negotiating hardball, he’s welcome to do so. Even if it’s a bit unclear what he’s playing hardball for — to get the Raiders’ stadium demands ahead of the A’s on Oakland’s agenda, I guess?
The Port of Oakland, meanwhile, is moving ahead with its Howard Terminal stadium plan that A’s owner Lew Wolff absolutely hates, while Wolff still has his sights set on San Jose, which MLB has shown no inclination to let him have. Selig’s promise that he’ll “work out something” by the end of this year is looking less and less likely to pan out.