Four and a half years ago, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a blue-ribbon committee to analyze the possibility of a new stadium for the Oakland Athletics in the Bay Area.
As of today, there has literally been no progress made on the issue, as the A’s keep playing their home games at the decrepit, dilapidated O.co Coliseum, as Selig reminded all of us today on CBS Sports Radio:
“It’s a pit,” he said. “It reminds me of old County Stadium and Shea Stadium. We need to deal with that. I’ve had a committee working on it for two or three years, and there’s no question we’re going to have to solve that problem.”
Actually, it’s been a bit longer than three years and counting. Owner Lew Wolff has made it clear that he would like to move the team to a new stadium, but he has been blocked from moving to San Jose by the Giants, who own the territorial rights.
So the A’s will be stuck in the Coliseum for the foreseeable future, although the stadium has already been victimized by several sewage floods this season, and has been criticized for many other issues.
“I’m not happy about it,” Selig said. “It’s an unfortunate mess. I wish there was an easy solution, but in truth, there is not an easy solution.”
Selig, however, wants to resolve the stadium issue when he retires next year.
“Look, you have one team that wants to move and the other team doesn’t want them to move, and it’s a very complicated situation,” he said. “Before I leave, I’m satisfied we’ll work out something.”