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Oakland Mayor Pushes City Council To Stall Vote For A's Lease Extension At O.co Coliseum
Published July 16, 2014
RETIREMENT PACKAGE: In S.F., John Shea notes MLB Commissioner Bud Selig had "vowed to settle the A's stadium situation before he retires in January, but beyond a lease settlement, that seems unlikely." Selig said, "It's a very complex situation. Right now, we want to get the lease situation satisfied in Oakland. We worked hard at it and made significant progress, but as Yogi (Berra) once said, 'It ain't over 'til it's over.' Hopefully, we will have that done. There are a lot of complicating things that have happened in that situation, and someway somehow, it'll be worked out" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/16). Selig said MLB and the A's have been through "the tortures of hell" trying to get the deal done and called the city council's suggestion that he has seriously considered allowing the club to relocate out of the Bay Area "patently absurd." Wolff said he harbors no ill will towards the Raiders, with whom the A's could be grappling with over the long-term future of the Coliseum property, as both teams have entertained notions of building new facilities on the site. Wolff: "I don't think the Raiders are really behind any of this. Their owner (Mark Davis) is a nice guy, and I think he's just trying to do what we're trying to do, make sure that one guy doesn't cause the other guy any problems" (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).