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MLB Really REALLY Hates Oakland
Posted November 4th, 2013 @ 12:12pm

I know I'm leading the charge for optimism regarding #MLBinSA, but this is a huge story. MLB is looking at options to have the Oakland A's play at AT&T Park (home of the SF Giants) next year.  Why?  Because the A's don't have a lease renewal with O.co Coliseum.

According to the San Jose Mercury News (yes that's the name of their paper):

It's unlikely such an arrangement will take place unless the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Commission fails to reach agreement on the A's request to extend their lease at O.co Coliseum for five years or less. The team's agreement to play at O.co expired at the conclusion of the 2013 season. But with MLB still wrestling with both the A's request for a move to San Jose as well as no feasible new ballpark plan surfacing in Oakland, the team wishes to keep playing at O.co until that issue is settled.

Negotiations on a lease extension have been ongoing for more than six months and differences have surfaced on concessions revenue and length of the extension.

So, keep an eye on this.  MLB would rather have the A's play in San Francisco (the team that is blocking them from moving to San Jose) than come to a resolution regarding a new ballpark in San Jose. One thing is certain: MLB is not convinced San Jose is the answer for the A's. Wonder what else is cooking?

http://www.mercurynews.com/athletics/ci_24448936/major-league-baseball-may-allow-oakland-play-at

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