Warriors owner Joe Lacob addressed his interest in buying the A’s while a guest Wednesday night on "Yahoo Sports Talk Live."
Lacob touched on a number of topics with show host Jim Kozimor, including the idea of hosting the Sharks as a tenant in a new Warriors arena that’s geared toward opening in the fall of 2018.
When asked about the A’s, Lacob spoke directly on the topic.
“Well, they have to want to sell for anyone to buy, and I don’t know that they do,” he said. “We would have interest, I think that’s clearly been out in the public. I’ve been an A’s fan for a long time. A lot of people in my ownership group, our ownership group, feel the same way.”
He’s right about one thing. It’s all a moot point until A’s ownership expresses a willingness to sell their franchise, and managing partner Lew Wolff repeatedly has said the team isn’t for sale.
The A’s have been trying for years to build a new ballpark, first in Fremont, and then in San Jose on a plan that has stalled. Now they’re focusing their efforts on the current Coliseum site, where the Raiders also have shown interest in building a new venue. No concrete plans have developed for either team in Oakland, as city and Alameda County leaders search for a way to keep both teams.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has said he believes the A’s belong in Oakland and reiterated Monday that he will do all he can to support the team’s efforts to build there.
Lacob’s interest in the A’s has generated attention in the past.
“I think we’d do a great job, but they’d have to want to sell,” he said. “In many ways they’ve done a very good job, certainly with the team on the field. Not getting a stadium has been a frustration, I’m sure, for everyone.”