As has been widely publicized, the city of San Jose, Major League Baseball and the Oakland A’s have been going at it in court to try to resolve their issues.
The resolution for that one may take quite some time, with the case possibly making its way through legal channels all the way to the Supreme Court.
San Jose and the A’s – and co-owner Lew Wolff – have had their relocation plan to the South Bay blocked by MLB with the claim that the territorial rights to the city belong to the San Francisco Giants.
Just last week, we learned that the A’s had a proposal put before them to develop a new waterfront ballpark in Oakland, but apparently there wasn’t much interest from Wolff and Athletics’ ownership. We even heard overtures that Joe Lacob and Peter Guber – owners of the Golden State Warriors – might peruse purchasing the team and getting the stadium built, but to no avail yet again.
In yet another development in the ongoing saga that seems to be the Oakland A’s fate and owner Lew Wolff, apparently there is a renewed interest in developing the A’s current home and land around O.co Coliseum, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle.
The new development would include “new stadiums for the A’s and Oakland Raiders, retail space and housing”, per the report.
Wolff is expected to meet soon with Tom Barrack Jr., executive of Colony Capital, a Southern California real estate company involved in the giant Coliseum City project that would include new stadiums for the A’s and Raiders, retail space and housing.
“We have been talking to Mr. Wolff … for a month or so,” said county Supervisor Nate Miley, chairman of the city-county Coliseum Authority. “I think he is sincerely interested in seeing what we might be able to do at the (Coliseum) site.”
So there you have it, yet another option, albeit not a particularly new idea, to keep the A’s – and Raiders this time – in Oakland for the long-haul. There’s no telling what may come of this at this point, but the prospect is certainly intriguing.