The Athletics and Oakland appeared headed for a last-minute deal Thursday morning after the A's owner informed city and county leaders that he had received permission from baseball commissioner Bud Selig to immediately move the team outside Oakland unless a deal was approved. The stunning revelation was made by Athletics co-owner Lew Wolff in a 10 p.m. e-mail to officials, in which he wrote: "I was informed tonight that Commissioner Selig, due to the possibility of not having the hearing and vote that we were purported to receive from the JPA, that we will immediately be allowed to seek a temporary or permanent location outside the city of Oakland." The e-mail prompted city and county officials to immediately restart negotiations to keep the A's in Oakland, and a new deal was being discussed Thursday morning by the 8-member board of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority. Oakland city councilman Noel Gallo, who was initially opposed to the proposed 10-year lease proposal, said city, county and baseball leaders were on the phone hammering out a deal overnight. "I think this agreement will be fair," he said. "It might not be perfect, but I think it'll be good for Oakland and the region in the long run." Here is a full copy of the e-mail Wolff wrote: "The A's have endeavored to make it clear that after 14 months of detailed and comprehensive negotiation with our Landlord, the JPA, that we are absolutely not interested in further negotiation. "The JPA representative, Major League Baseball and our A's organization has reached agreement and approved the fully negotiated lease. "We believe we have an agreed lease that we were informed would be voted on by the JPA, and if passed, would be submitted to the City and County. "No other lease negotiation entity was ever noted to us or MLB for 14 months. To characterize not looking beyond the fully negotiated lease as a negative of our 14 months of discussion is unacceptable to us and MLB. "We now find out that the city has some rule that causes even a city JPA representative that wishes to vote their beliefs, that such a decision can be altered to translate a positive vote to a negative vote. At no time over 14 months was this use of some rule ever mentioned to us. We do not wish to be involved in any aspect of local city political maneuvering.
Selig says A's can immediately leave Oakland, prompts new deal
San Francisco Gate | Jul 3