According to a report from the East Bay Express, Golden State Warriors’ owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are interested in purchasing the Oakland A’s and developing the Howard Terminal site for a new ballpark.
On Monday, several outlets reported that designs had been drawn up for the proposed new ballpark on the Oakland waterfront, and renderings were widely circulated. If you missed them, check it out here.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the proposed new ballpark would cost upwards of $500 million. A group led by Clorox chairman/CEO Don Knauss and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream architect T. Gary Rogers delivered the plans, but were subsequently shot down by current A’s co-owner Lew Wolff.
Well, according to the East Bay Express report, the group expected as much and are looking for investors to help bring the plan to life. In step Warriors’ owners Lacob and Guber.
Guber almost bought the A’s – as part of an investment group — in 2001, according to Tim Kawakami at the San Jose Mercury News, so his name being tossed in makes sense. As Kawakami notes, Guber is currently part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well.
Wolff is, of course, still awaiting the outcome of the ongoing San Jose vs. MLB lawsuit. It seems to me that if there is a chance to keep the team in Oakland, and this plan seems legit by all accounts, that Wolff ought to jump at the proposition. Perhaps the money isn’t right – who knows – but spurning the chance will not gain him any new fans in the East Bay.