Yesterday the Oakland city council met regarding the A’s stadium proposal. The A’s were not happy with the result. Did the politicos shoot down the Howard Terminal site? No, they voted 6-1 to request the A’s ownership to kick in another $352M for area residential development, to be reimbursed later. The A’s were already proposing to pay in $1 billion for the stadium and $400M for area development, so I get the less than pleased response. This isn’t like the A’s are going for a total handout.
They, and MLB (read: Rob Manfred) have repeatedly threatened a move for the team to Las Vegas. Of course, although team reps have traveled to Las Vegas multiple times over past year or so, there is no solid stadium plan there either. Manfred insists the city is a viable alternative…but, of course he does. That’s been MLB’s get-a-new-ballpark-for-team-X gambit for decades. St Pete was used to get the White Sox and Giants new parks.
Negotiations with Oakland will of course continue. The A’s lease runs through the 2024 season. They’ve got that long to make a solid plan.