The travesty apparently will continue.
That’s the word Raiders owner Mark Davis has applied to the lingering reality that his team plays many of its games with a giant dirt baseball infield superimposed on what otherwise would be green grass made extra lush by the top-quality fertilizer flowing freely at times from the stadium bathrooms. The infield is there because the A’s share the venue, and the A’s announced Wednesday a 10-year agreement to keep playing there.
As explained by Matt O’Brien of the San Jose Mercury News, city and county officials found the announcement from A’s owner Lew Wolff and Commissioner Bud Selig surprising, since from the politicians’ perspective an agreement on a new lease has not yet been reached.
Davis may used a word other than “surprising” to characterize his thoughts on the matter.
While Davis typically says all the right things about sharing a stadium with the A’s (except for the “travesty” remark), a lease that would keep the A’s at the current stadium location for a decade complicates the football team’s search for a new home. Davis wants a stadium without a baseball infield, which means a stadium without a baseball team. With the A’s intending to stay at the O.co Coliseum for another 10 years and hoping for a new building at the same location, that’s one less place where the Raiders can develop a long-term home.
These events are happening at a time when the Raiders have the ability, if at least 23 other owners will let them, to pack up and move to a new city. The Raiders have a one-year lease, and Davis has repeatedly expressed frustration about the lack of progress toward a solution. If, as it appears, the A’s are securing the deal they want at a time the Raiders can’t (even though Oakland had hoped to do a deal with the Raiders first), don’t be shocked if Davis finally commences the launch sequence for a relocation to L.A. or Portland or anywhere that would embrace the Silver and Black with a state-of-the-art stadium consisting of 120-by-53 yards of continuous green.