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A's Reach Lease Extension At O.co Coliseum After Selig Threatens Relocation
Published July 7, 2014
BLUFF CITY: In S.F., John Shea wrote Selig's threat "was made to get the deal done." The A's "always had the power to go elsewhere in the Bay Area (in their territory) or even leave the Bay Area so long as they got three-quarters of the owners' votes, but there's nowhere feasible to relocate, at least in this country" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/6). However, in Oakland, Marcus Thompson II wrote the JPA "should have called Wolff's bluff and voted down the lease agreement." Thompson: "Getting played like this is so unlike Oakland. ... There is no way a sports team should wield this kind of power over a city" (INSIDEBAYAREA.com, 7/3). Meanwhile, longtime baseball reporter Murray Chass wrote it is "about time Selig did something for Wolff, but his noble act shouldn't be exaggerated." He was "acting on his own behalf as well as Wolff's." Chass noted, "Conspicuously absent from the itinerary Selig handed Wolff was a ticket to San Jose, the owner's destination of choice" (MURRAYCHASS.com, 7/6).
BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH? ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez noted the "knee-jerk reaction" is that 81 MLB games "is preferable to 10 NFL home games (two in the preseason, eight in the regular season." But the Raiders, which share O.co Coliseum with the A's, "might now want to take their ball and go home ... wherever that might be -- Dublin, Concord, Los Angeles, Portland, San Antonio, Parts Unknown" (ESPN.com, 7/4).