Multiple bidders for Oakland A's include Golden State Warriors owner

Breaking: Potential buyers of Oakland A's include Golden State Warriors owner

4/8/14 in MLB   |   JoeKukura   |   491 respect

Blog Photo - Multiple bidders for Oakland A's include Golden State Warriors ownerBlockbuster news out of Oakland today, especially if you're an Oakland A's fan who hopes the team remains in Oakland but under different ownership. The blockbuster news is really just six measly tweets. But they are six tweets from the hardest-working and most well-connected reporter on the possible move of the Oakland A's, the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami. The journalistic scoops of his are breaking news, and there are no articles written on the topic yet.

The possible move of the Oakland A's to San Jose or elsewhere has been looming over the A's fanbase for, oh, about five years in a row now. Today's news indicates that the A's franchise is gaining serious momentum toward remaining in Oakland long-term. There are interested buyers, and most would intend to keep the team in the Oakland market. And one of these interested buyers is the Golden State Warriors owner, who has a plan for a new ballpark near Jack London Square.

This is music to the ears of A's fans -- but it's all based on off-the-record anonymous conversations that are encapsulated into tweets. The tweets are from Tim Kawakami, the all-around Bay Area sports reporting machine who was first to report the (now confirmed) Jim Harbaugh trade rumors and was once physically threatened by a Raiders executive. Kawakami's information should always be highly regarded.

Blog Photo - Multiple bidders for Oakland A's include Golden State Warriors ownerThis information is expressed in a six-part tweet that dribbled out over the course of an hour. "Multiple sources: Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob has had talks with A's owner John Fisher about Lacob's interest in buying the A's". Kawakami begins at 2pm PT Tuesday. "But the sources indicate that Fisher has to this point told Lacob he is not looking to sell the A's.", he continues.

(John Fisher is the majority owner of the A's, while minority investor Lew Wolff is the head of the A's ownership group.)

"There are some indications that Lacob would be interested in building a baseball stadium on the Howard Terminal site," Kawakami says. Howard Terminal is a Port of Oakland property adjacent to Oakland's Jack London Square.

"It's not just Lacob. Several big-money types are eyeing the A's. Most, I'm told, believe the first/best option is to keep them in Oakland," Kawakami notes. The A's have actively trying to move to San Jose for years, but that move has been thwarted on multiple fronts.

"I'm told that any Lacob interest in the A's is now on the back-burner," he concludes. "But Fisher knows that he'll have a nice market if he wants to sell."

Nothing is 'about to happen' with a potential sale of the A's, but these development bear very close watching. Expect to find a very solid write-up soon on Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog.
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4/9/14   |   JoeKukura   |   491 respect

KL94 wrote:
This was already reported a few months ago: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2013/12/18/sources-say-golden-state-warriors-owners-are-interested-in-buying-the-as-and-building-a-waterfront-ballpark-in-oakland

KL I was not aware of that East Bay Express article from December and it's some deep information. Kawakami was very snippy with them on his Twitter yesterday!

4/9/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Was about to say the same.  This really is not news.   And as has been pointed out, Fisher has already fielded inquiries about potential sale of the A's.   I know Oakland has been trying to push the Howard Terminal site that current A's owners have publicly had no interest in.  Personally, I think the old Victory Court site (on the south side of Jack London Square) was a better location.  But I digress...

4/8/14   |   KL94

This was already reported a few months ago: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2013/12/18/sources-say-golden-state-warriors-owners-are-interested-in-buying-the-as-and-building-a-waterfront-ballpark-in-oakland