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A's Owner Lew Wolff Hopeful For Lease Extension At O.co Coliseum
Published November 5, 2013
PLEASE DON'T GO: In San Jose, Matthew Artz cites sources as saying that within the Coliseum Authority there was "movement toward softening its stance that the A's relinquish control over concessions and signage revenue at O.co Coliseum, which comes at the expense of the Raiders." One source said, "The key point is that the authority wants the A's to stay in Oakland and is not willing to risk losing them over that issue" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/5). Also in San Jose, Mark Purdy writes it was "technically a legitimate threat" when MLB said that it could "force the A's and Giants to simultaneously occupy AT&T for the next few seasons." But as "a practical matter, that's not going to happen." Conversation about "such a move has been in the air for a month -- ever since lease negotiations between the A's and the Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum board took a stubborn turn." MLB officials at that point "became involved and the novel share-a-ballpark solution was mentioned in the context of a worst-case scenario." Purdy: "In truth, all signs point to a lease agreement being reached any minute" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/5).