The Oakland A’s got some help from Commissioner Bud Selig who threatened to move the team out of Oakland absent a new lease for the franchise, and agreed to a new 10-year lease to play at the Coliseum. The question remains, what will happen to the NFL’s Oakland Raiders?
The new 10-year lease, that is really a two-year guaranteed lease, which really is a “you can leave whenever you want but you have to pay us at least two years,” was approved by the Oakland Coliseum Authority on Monday. The Raiders have been lobbying for a new stadium on the current grounds of the Oakland Coliseum that vision would include a stadium for both the A’s and the Raiders. Now with the extension of the A’s deal with the Coliseum, the Raiders are not seeing a bright future for a new field. The Raiders are entering the final season of their lease with the Coliseum.
Raiders owner Mark Davis has called the agreement “a tough situation” given his teams desire and need for a new facility, tough is probably nothing more than a PC word. The Raiders could opt to leave Oakland all together following the 2015 season, but that might not be logistically possible. The natural fit would Los Angeles, but there is no stadium in L.A. for the team to play at.
Davis’ vision was for what he termed ‘Coliseum City’ that would be on the ground of the Coliseum. The A’s have now ruined that vision by agreeing to a new lease. Which brings us back Selig who told the Coliseum Authority that barring a new deal the A’s would have permission to relocate out of Oakland. The agreement was approved by a 6-2 margin.