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A'S FILE $48M CLAIM OVER LOSS OF FINANCES AT COLISEUM
Published January 22, 1998
The A's have "quietly slapped" the city of Oakland and Alameda County with a $48M claim over the renovation of the Coliseum, according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The claim, sent yesterday to lawyers for the city and county, includes 23 demands and "comes at a time when the team's future in Oakland is already in question" following "unsuccessful talks" between team and stadium execs. Among the demands are $12M for "lost ticket sales allegedly caused" by the elimination of bleacher seats, $12M in "lost 'club seat' revenues," $9.5M for "lost ticket, food and merchandising sales" from diamond-level seats that were not built after disputes between the team and contractors, and $5M for "lost 'general attendance'" during the '96 season, which the A's claim was caused by constant renovation. A's execs were unavailable for comment, and Matier & Ross write the case is "certain to fuel speculation about the team's future" in Oakland. Under their lease, the A's have until July 1 to "extend their stay" until 2004 or "exercise a year-to-year clause," which would allow them to "sell or move the team within two years" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/22).