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A'S OWNERS TRYING TO BUY SOME TIME ON BALLPARK LEASE

          The July 1 deadline for the A's to exercise a year-to-
     year lease option at the Oakland Coliseum "may be delayed
     while team owners try to work out a host of issues with
     Oakland and Alameda County officials," according to Hickey &
     Counts of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE.  A's Owners Steve Schott and
     Ken Hofmann "want to negotiate a way to avoid offering the
     team up for sale at a discounted price -- as required in
     their lease -- and still take the short-term lease option." 
     Giving notice on July 1 will allow the team to play year-to-
     year through 2000, but it also "involves a gamble," for if
     they give notice, the Coliseum Authority "will have four
     months to find a buyer" that would keep the team in Oakland
     for a sale price of 90% of the team's market value.  Schott
     said that he and Hofmann have talked about putting the team
     up for sale "a lot lately, but no decision has been made
     yet."  City and county officials have met with the A's once
     to "resolve" the $48M claim the team has filed against both
     entities.  Oakland Vice Mayor Ignacio De La Fuente said that
     pushing back the deadline "could buy time to reach a
     resolution" to the dispute (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 6/17).

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