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TROUBLED WATERS: SHARKS AND WARRIORS CALL OFF ARENA TALKS
Published November 3, 1995
The Sharks have "halted" talks with the Warriors regarding sharing San Jose Arena, according to the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. The move comes as Sharks officials have accused the Warriors of "manipulating" them to get a better deal in Oakland. Sharks President Art Savage: "They want to stay in Oakland and I think they should. We wish them well, but I refuse to jeopardize the arena and franchise." The Warriors continue to talk with Oakland and negotiators there say the latest proposal -- refurbishing Oakland Coliseum with larger stands and luxury boxes, is "feasible and doable" by '97-98 (Robert Salladay, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 11/3). In S.F., Matier & Ross report the team would play in the Cow Palace while work was done on the Coliseum. This deal, which could be announced as early as today, would see the Warriors get $10-15M up front from Oakland and Alameda County, and $3-5M for a new practice facility (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 11/3). A'S NEWS: New A's owners Steve Schott and Ken Hofmann announced yesterday at a press conference they have hired baseball consultants to monitor the renovation work being done on the Oakland Coliseum. They expressed "extreme" disappointment in favoritism shown to the Raiders. If the situation in Oakland doesn't go as the new owners like, they can move the team in three years when their lease option comes up (Robert Salladay, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 11/3).