Oakland Athletics Thread

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  1. xbay

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    That was a weak move by Manfred to “threaten” the city of Oakland by telling them to drop the lawsuit or else the A’s might relocate to Las Vegas. Even if this Howard Terminal site doesn’t get done, Vegas is not going to be a potential relocation destination. It’s a low blow to the city to remind them of where they’re losing their football team to.

    It’s stuff like that that is why not even playoff Dodgers baseball can come close to getting viewership over Rams football.
     
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    Yeah, total dick move by the commissioner. He did not realize how tough the Oakland mayor is, and is probably in shock today that she busted his balls in public. Nice job Libby!
     
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    Why isn't Vegas a potential relocation destination? There's been numerous talks about demolishing the Rio hotel/casino, and building a stadium there.

    And why is the Oakland city government being praised? The city has been draggin their ass on trying to keep the A's. The ownership group has shown little desire to get things moving to keep the team in Oakland.
     
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    What the hell Rob? I praised the mayor for that one move about outing the MLB commisioner. I am not at all pleased with how the city of Oakland has handled anything sports related.

    And the Oakland A's want to stay in Oakland. They have been and are working very hard for a new stadium at Howard Terminal.
     
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    I just don't want to give anybody running the show in Oakland any credit for that, because if they cared about having a team in Oakland, they'd have a new stadium already.

    I know the A's want to stay, but how bad do they want it? what are the roadblocks right now for them?
     
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    Yes you are right, no politician in Oakland, that I know of, deserves an ounce of credit for this mess, just detest!

    There was good news last month, but yes, there are a ton of road blocks...to many for me to type. If interested here is a great link to this:

    https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/09/04/howard-terminal-ballpark-bill-advances/
     
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    Here is the text:


    "California lawmakers have approved legislation to help Oakland finance infrastructure improvements for a proposed Oakland A’s Howard Terminal ballpark project, sending it to the desk of governor Gavin Newsom.

    The Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal is being targeted by the A’s for a proposed project that would include a new ballpark to replace RingCentral Coliseum. In addition to a new ballpark, the concept for Howard Terminal calls for new mixed-use development to be constructed at the site, including housing units, retail, office space, open space, and more. It has been expected that the ballpark and development would be privately financed as part of this plan, though it could call for the City of Oakland to finance infrastructure improvements that would support the project.

    At the state level, officials have been debating SB293–a bill introduced by senator Nancy Skinner that allows for the creation of a new tax district in Oakland that would help cover the cost of infrastructure improvements. Senators voted 32-2 on Tuesday to approve the bill, which now goes to Newsom for his consideration. More from the San Francisco Chronicle:

    “For the win!” Skinner tweeted after the vote, adding in a statement that the bill “gives Oakland a tool to finance infrastructure upgrades and affordable housing. One is needed to help the new ballpark for the A’s, and the other is needed to help all of Oakland.”

    The A’s hope to open a privately funded stadium in spring 2023 that features 35,000 seats, along with nearby housing and commercial developments, on a 50-acre site at the Oakland Estuary near Jack London Square. Groundbreaking could come as early as 2021, said Dave Kaval, the president of the baseball team.

    “Passage of SB293 is another important step in the process,” Kaval said Tuesday. “We still have a long way to go, but we have made tremendous progress in our effort to build a new privately financed waterfront ballpark in Jack London Square. We appreciate the efforts of Senator Skinner and respectfully urge Governor Newsom to sign this bill into law.”

    The project is opposed by maritime workers concerned that the basin the stadium would occupy would be heavily impacted and prevent them from doing their jobs. The basin is a key waterway where an average of 25 ships unload and load cargo each week."
     
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    And the road blocks:


    "Although Tuesday’s decision by the state senate helps advance the project, there are still plenty of steps of remaining to make it a reality. An environmental impact report still has to be completed, and the A’s have been hoping to present findings to the Port Commission and the Oakland City Council early next year. Key city council votes would also have to be taken in the future to approve the project as well as potential financing deals, and the council will have plenty of issues to sort out as it considers the proposal. Along with a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal site, the A’s have proposed a redevelopment of the Coliseum complex that would include an amphitheater to replace the Coliseum, new construction in the existing parking lots, and the operation of Oakland Arena–the former home of the Golden State Warriors–for a variety of events."
     
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    Sounds like mainly, the environmental report, in addition to infrastructure upgrades (not sure what exactly will be upgraded). I can't imagine that they could not come to a compromise regarding the opposition by maritime workers.
     
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    The OCII is always the largest hurdle. That was the case for the Warriors, too.

    This comes down to John Fisher, too. We’ve seen what it looks like when an owner is willing to do whatever it takes to open up a new home with Lacob. We’ve also seen the cons of what Davis and York went through for their stadiums. Is it known how much Fisher is motivated to get this done even when it’s passed the legal hurdles? Lew Wolff was the anti-Lacob for the A’s. We’ll see what Fisher is very soon.
     

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