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