If A wants to leave Oakland, now he has an excuse.
But I doubt this is how it will go down.
Despite a 6-1 “yes” vote Tuesday from Oakland City Council on a non-binding term sheet, nothing has really been accomplished. A checkpoint is simply crossed and the ball is kicked into A’s court.
There is still much work to be done to build a new ballpark at Howard Terminal, keeping the A in Oakland. But that work can be done. Reasonable parties can find out.
So are A’s appropriate? Do they want to live in Oakland? It’s time to shut up or shut up – A has to show his cards.
In the turmoil of the century, the city seems appropriate and aligned in the process. Despite A’s president Dave Kaval’s online antics, the city has made significant concessions to the team and announced on Tuesday that they have found funding to fill a gap of more than $350 million in infrastructure costs – arguably in the process. major issue.
So while Kaval would claim that after the team didn’t vote on the term-sheet, the truth is not that what happened on Tuesday was a true deal-breaker. What we learned, above all, for all the demonstrative politics of Bay Area government, the city has shown it wants to make this development happen.
This is a big win for A.
If A’s owner John Fisher and his proxy, Kaval, really want Howard Terminal, this is the one to take. It’ll take a little more elbow grease. The city may not have voted on A’s proposal on Tuesday, but in a winding road, A will finally get everything they want from Oakland. City is clearly terrified of losing the team and is leaning backwards to keep it. I think further negotiations will only increase the number of concessions from Oakland.
But, again, it’s A’s call if the conversation continues.
Of course, if A had always wanted to leave Oakland, now would be a good time to announce that.
But such a move would be unfair. The A’s have the cheapest team west of the Mississippi and claim to have spent over $200 million on building Howard Terminal (much more than they’ve ever spent on team payroll). They’re close to Howard Terminal – very close after Tuesday – and they have Oakland on the ropes. Why would they leave now?
The truth is that there has never been a shortage of reasons for this team to move. Yet they are still here. What if they can get almost everything they want in Oakland for a little more time? Why start from scratch elsewhere – even if that city throws away billions for free?
They have a weird way of showing it, but maybe the A are actually “rooted” in Oakland.
For now, A’s currency will remain the same. The threat of his relocation put serious pressure on the city and Alameda County and with this project certainly more pressure is needed to hit the finish line. So the A and Major League Baseball will continue to include Las Vegas — or, more specifically, its suburbs — and perhaps Portland and even Nashville or Charlotte. By the time all this is done there is going to be more frequent flyer miles near Kaval than anyone in the East Bay.
But if any of those markets were actually viable, Tuesday’s vote wouldn’t even have happened. Like the warriors and raiders before him, A’s exit would be deemed inevitable.
but it’s not like that. Especially not after Tuesday.
So I guess A’s will come back on the table and figure it out.
You see, both Oakland and A need each other. It’s a frustrating co-dependency. The city cannot afford to lose its last major professional sports team and the A has no better market than the growing East Bay and more than 3 million people in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties. It also does not mention the 2.5 million in the Sacramento metro area, where A had its flagship radio station for some time. That’s a lot of people, and in a sport that is still heavily dependent on local television and gate revenue, population is important, even if it is shared with another team.
Let’s be clear: No one is happy with what happened on Tuesday. Not Kaval, not City, and certainly no one looking for an immediate solution. Council member Dan Kalb said he was voting yes but “caught my nose and probably went to the bathroom and threw it later.”
But it was always going to be like this when you had public-private partnerships of this scale and level of difficulty.
And while there are a million more benefits left in the project, I think Kaval thanks to all of his comments on how the term sheet voted on Tuesday “doesn’t work for A,” in his opening remarks to the game to the council. given :
“I look forward to taking this process forward, which we all agree on, and working together to build on this incredible vision and make it a reality.”
It doesn’t look like anyone is ready to go to Vegas near me.