Monday, November 4, 2013

MLB Leveraging Oakland on its Stadium Saga

MLB dips back into the ole' stadium subsidy playbook...this time in California!'s Marine Layer writes the league is suggesting the A's could share a stadium with the Giants next year instead of spending another season playing baseball in Oakland:
As we’ve seen in Miami and many other cities, MLB doesn’t play nice. That doesn’t mean that they’re going to start asking for hundreds of millions for a ballpark. Instead they’re playing the leverage game, threatening to move the A’s across the bay to AT&T Park if the Coliseum Authority won’t relent.
Hmmm, sounds awfully similar to a Shadow of the Stadium post from September:
It's no surprise these high-stakes negotiations public: the city wants to maximize its compensation while the Rays want to diminish the city's financial leverage. 
Of course, MLB Hall-of-Famer Peter Gammons said it best.

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