The on-again, off-again 10-year A’s lease at the stadium shared with the Raiders is on. Again.
With the Oakland City Council instructing its four representatives to the Joint Powers Authority to reject the deal, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig threatened to move the team. And the Oakland City Council blinked. Even though there really isn’t anywhere for the A’s to move.
The question now becomes whether the long-term lease for the A’s will increase the chances of a move by the Raiders. As noted by Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, the powers-that-be have opted to keep 81 baseball games per year at the venue, even if it means losing 10 football games.
Like the A’s, the Raiders don’t have many viable options beyond Oakland — especially since the thinking in some league circles is that the NFL would block an effort by the Raiders to move to L.A. if Mark Davis would still be the controlling owner of the team. Davis wants to find a long-term stadium solution in Oakland, but not much is happening to find an answer to a problem that could result in the Raiders leaving as soon as 2015.
If they have someplace to go.