Kurtenbach: The elephant in the room — the A’s could leave Oakland


A game attendee relaxes under the sign near the bleacher seats during the last A's home game of the season at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

Last March, just as it was becoming clear that the Raiders were moving to Las Vegas and two months after the Warriors broke ground on their new San Francisco arena, the Oakland A’s unveiled a new advertising campaign.

Plastered on billboards and on the sides of buildings, the A’s wanted to make it clear that they were “Rooted in Oakland.”

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It was a not-too-subtle pot shot at the other two Oakland franchises that have opted to leave the booming but cash-strapped hub of the East Bay; the A’s planted a flag in the city and declared themselves “Oakland’s team.”

Less than a year later, that slogan — still plastered around town, by the way — will need to be revisited.

Because the A’s might not be Oakland’s team for long.

The A’s wanted to build a new ballpark at Laney College. They announced the plans, were negotiating with the governing body of the school, and thought they were well on track to making that ballpark dream a reality.

(Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

On Tuesday, the Peralta Community College District board told Laney Chancellor Jowel Laguerre to stop negotiating with the team.

The A’s were blindsided — …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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