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A Place To Call Home: Warriors, Raiders, A's All Face Uncertain Futures In Oakland
Published March 4, 2014
RAIDERS ONLY HAVE TWO OPTIONS? CBS Sports Network analyst and former Raiders Chief Exec Amy Trask said the team has two possibilities of getting a new stadium -- either they will remain in the greater Bay Area, or the team "leaves the greater Bay Area." A new stadium on the site of O.co Coliseum would be the "perfect site ... geographically for many reasons." However, the hurdles are the "same hurdles that cities all across California are having and the state is having as a whole." Trask: "This is no longer the day and age a municipality can build a stadium and turn the keys over to a sports team. It needs to be a true private-public partnership." Another hurdle is whether the corporate business community will "support two buildings 32 miles from one another" with Levi's Stadium and a possible new stadium for the Raiders. Another would be "establishing whether this corporate business community will support roughly $2 billion of new football infrastructure, and you add to that whatever it is the Warriors want to do and the A's want to do" ("Yahoo Sports Talk Live," CSN Bay Area, 2/28).
WHAT'S THE CATCH? ESPN's Keith Olbermann noted the A's "have been trying to secure a new home for a long time" and now "suddenly the Giants are extending an olive branch." Olbermann noted Giants President & CEO Larry Baer last week said the club is "willing to share its home ballpark with the A's while they build a new stadium as a 'neighborly thing.'" Olbermann: "Can you see the catch coming? The Giants will welcome the A's as tenants provided the A's stop trying to build that new ballpark in San Jose" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 2/28).