As promised, I’ve written up a longer analysis of Friday’s Oakland A’s lease talks train wreck today. It’s not here, though, but rather at Sports on Earth. You can read the whole thing there, replete with Game of Thrones riffs, but here’s the key paragraph:
So long as San Jose remains off the table, the East Bay is by far the best option for the A’s, something [A’s owner Lew] Wolff has to know — he and his partners didn’t spend $180 million on the team, which sounds like a pittance in the post-Ballmer era but was a lot in 2005, in order to end up owning the Charlotte A’s or the Louisville Sluggers. (For Davis, who is inclined to care less about city size since he’d get a cut of NFL national TV checks regardless, it’s more about Oakland being his best option for extorting a generous stadium deal.) And for Oakland city officials, who want to keep both Wolff and [Raiders owner Mark] Davis happy while also not breaking the bank, stalling as long as possible may seem their best hope.
In other words, everyone has good reason to be behaving like morons, because there’s no easy resolution to the A’s situation that will benefit Wolff, Davis, Oakland, and MLB. Or as I put it in SoE, this is “an insanely complicated multilateral game of chicken,” so don’t hold your breath waiting for everyone to figure out who’s holding who hostage.
And now we direct you to your regularly scheduled comment war…