San Francisco calls, but A's stick with Oakland

San Francisco makes play for Oakland A's, but team re-ups with Oakland

11/4/13 in MLB   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - San Francisco calls, but A's stick with OaklandMajor League Baseball came up with a curious way to keep the Oakland A's in Oakland: by moving them to San Francisco. In a threat leaked to the media earlier this morning, the MLB apparently threatened the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum Authority with moving the Oakland A's to San Francisco -- as early as this coming April -- if the A's could not receive a favorable short-term deal to use the Oakland Coliseum this season.

Oakland Coliseum authorities buckled to the threat immediately. Terms were not announced, but A's owner Lew Wolff told NBC Bay Area that the Athletics have renewed their deal with the Oakland Coliseum -- though he didn't say for how long.

This all comes after a whirlwind day, which began with the news that the MLB told Oakland the A's would move to San Francisco if they were not offered a stadium deal to their liking. The A's wanted a one-year or two-year lease, plus a continuation of their very favorable arrangement with concessions percentages.

"The sticking point in the Coliseum negotiations hasn't been the length of the lease so much as the money from food and beverage concessions," write the San Francisco Chronicle's Matier & Ross. "Under their old lease, the A's managed the concessions for all sporting events at the stadium, including for the Raiders, and they got a major share of the revenue - terms the Coliseum Authority wants to change in its favor."

Blog Photo - San Francisco calls, but A's stick with OaklandThe threat worked and the A's got their deal -- but we have no idea for how long. The Oakland Coliseum, now the proud owner of the ugly name O.co Coliseum, will continue to serve as the Oakland Athletics' home for at least the 2014 season. A's owner Lew Wolff released a one-sentence statement to NBC Bay Area, saying "We intend to extend our lease in Oakland and look forward to another great season."

Notice how Wolff said "season". People, that word is singular -- not plural. Expect to hear the "Oakland A's to San Francisco" threat lodged again right about this time next year.
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