Okay, I don’t think anyone saw this coming:
(06-27) 11:54 PDT Oakland — The anticipated approval of a 10-year-lease deal between the Oakland Athletics and the Coliseum authority was canceled Friday when representatives from the city of Oakland failed to show up for the meeting.
The really short explanation here: A’s owner Lew Wolff jumped the gun on Wednesday and announced that a lease extension was in place (to strong-arm Oakland into agreeing to one, possibly?), then Oakland officials said no, they still needed to look at Wolff’s latest offer and say whether they approved of it, and now … they’re implementing a passive resistance strategy and refusing to show up to talk about it? Maybe?
This whole thing is devolving into a game of chicken between two sides pointing guns at their own heads, so your guess is as good as mine what happens next. I’ll report back on further developments on Monday — though presumably not on what is actually in the proposed lease deal, since that was only going to be revealed after the vote, and now there has been no vote. Cray-zee.