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Sources: Warriors' Joe Lacob Inquired About Buying A's From John Fisher

MLB has reportedly monitored this situation and is aware of Lacob's interest
Warriors co-Owner Joe Lacob recently reached out to gauge whether A's co-Owner John Fisher might want to sell the team "at some point soon," but Fisher gave "no indication that he's looking to sell," according to sources cited by Tim Kawakami of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Sources said that MLB has "monitored this situation and was aware of Lacob's interest." But with Fisher turning down Lacob, sources said that his interest in the team is "very much on the back-burner." Kawakami reports there is "some sense that the A's stadium frustrations will probably lead Fisher to at least explore the possibility of selling the team, which means there are potential buyers jockeying in the background in case Fisher suddenly changes his mind." The "point is many potential owner-types believe the A's could be available soon and that they are an under-valued asset given their profitability, baseball's booming economy, and the possibility of a giant revenue take-off if a new stadium can be built." Kawakami notes the A's selling price right now "starts at $500-plus million and could go much higher than that" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/9).
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