Oakland A's reject 10-year O.co Coliseum lease offer

Workers affix a green tarp over upper deck seats at McAfee Coliseum Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

April 23, 2014 7:18:25 PM PDT
It is a war of words between the A's and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, with the team president saying he is done with negotiations over a 10-year lease.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg for problems Oakland is having with its sports teams. To put it in sports terms, the A's went 0-3 so far in their games against the Texas Rangers, including an 0-3 loss Wednesday afternoon and now it appears the city of Oakland may go 0-3 in its bid to keep all three sports teams.

Oakland's diehard sports fans aren't pleased about the way it seems their professional teams have turned on their city.

"I wish they would change their minds and listen to their fans more often because we are impacted by what goes on," Oakland A's fan Amber Kolveck said.

"As mayor of the city I have to keep the doors open," Mayor Jean Quan said.

Quan is trying to stay optimistic in the face of new snubs from all three of her city's sports teams.

"We're still hopeful, these things are very complex. They're going to take time," Quan said.

But a lot has already happened in a short time this week. The Warriors announced the team has purchased a piece of land in San Francisco to build their new arena. The Raiders missed a deadline to give the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority their letter of intent to stay in Oakland.

And Tuesday night, the A's rejected a 10-year lease offer from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority.

Laura: "Does it feel like everything is kind of unraveling with all three teams?"

"Well, things have been unraveling for a long period of time. It just didn't start today," Oakland City Council member Larry Reid said.

"It's been my position not to fight the Warriors," Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley said.

Miley chairs the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority board. Miley says he can't do much about the Warriors, he's mystified by the Raiders and a bit angry with the A's because they allegedly want $5 million in back rent forgiven as a condition for signing a new lease.

"And that's important because that's taxpayer money," Miley said.

The A's released the following statement, "We owe no back rent or any other amounts. We did deduct rent payments in the past for items that we are allowed under our lease, but that was our negotiated right."

Some fans don't care much about the details because they just want their teams to stay put.

"Let em do their things. Build a home here and we'll be fine," Oakland A's fan Larry Wood said.

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority expects the rent dispute with the Oakland A's to go to arbitration in June.

The A's have been searching for a new home for years, complaining that O.co Coliseum is dilapidated and not conducive to baseball. The team would like to move to San Jose but is blocked by Major League Baseball rules that define Santa Clara County as the exclusive territory of the San Francisco Giants.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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