O.co Coliseum when the football and
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COLISEUM AUTHORITY | In February, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said he had no desire to sign another one-year lease extension to play at the aging O.co Coliseum. The inference was this was Alameda County and Oakland’s last chance to find a suitable new home for the team. Things have changed. They need more time.
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley said Wednesday that Raiders officials have expressed interest in beginning negotiations to extend the lease, possibly another year. The current lease expires at the end of this coming football season.
Speaking at the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority (JPA) meeting formally approving a new 10-year lease for the Oakland Athletics, Miley said he expects another one-year lease for the team, but, “We’ll see. I don’t know what they’re going to ask for.”
“Minimally, they have to come back here for a licensing extension and then we’ll see what the city does with Coliseum City,” Miley added.
Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan,
Lew Wolff and Mayor Jean Quan sign a bat for
charity following the approval of the A’s lease.
Miley added, he along with Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid will meet with Raiders officials later this month to discuss the team’s lease options.
With the A’s in the fold for at least the next three years and the Raiders potentially interested in sticking around while the City of Oakland and county work on stadium plans, Haggerty said he is not discounting the Golden State Warriors may still be in the mix. “I haven’t given up on Golden State,” he said. “They’re still having problems in San Francisco.”
Before any thought of the Warriors rethinking their sojourn across the bay occurs, one major obstacle for the A’s and Raiders is all the entities involved in possibly constructing a pair of new stadium at the current Coliseum site, cannot legally talk, at least in the short term. An exclusive negotiating agreement between the City of Oakland and Coliseum City developer, BayIG, does not expire until October. The Coliseum JPA has no such legal entanglement and can enter talks with the A’s now, but not yet with the Raiders.
A’s co-owner Lew Wolff may also have designs in developing the Coliseum property, but at a press conference Wednesday morning, he denied the teams are at odds in their quests for new stadiums. “We’re all in the same boat here,” said Wolff.