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Oakland A's still uncertain about new home ballpark

05/04/2013 3:39 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

The Yankees defeated Bartolo Colon and the Athletics, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx.(AP)
While the Oakland A's are in the Bronx this weekend, uncertainty about their future home ballpark continues.

Yankees fans might remember the rumors that the Yankees were possibly on the move to New Jersey before the new Yankee Stadium deal was approved in 2006. While most people doubt the Yankees would have ever seriously considered leaving the Bronx, the A's apparently will have no such luxury.

When the lease agreement between the A's and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority expires at the end of the season, the team has no definitive plans on where it will play baseball in 2014. Disputes over taxes and the uneasy relationship between the A's, landlords and local government have led to uncertainty for one of baseball's most tradition-rich franchises. 

For years, the team that made Moneyball famous has been hoping to build a modern ballpark to help the A's remain competitive in the American League. Their plans have been foiled at every turn to date. 

The A's initially hoped to build a new ballpark on the site of the Oakland Coliseum sports complex, which includes the facility they share with the Oakland Raiders as well as the Golden State Warriors' home building. Those plans have hit obstacles and forced the A's to look south, first to nearby Fremont, Calif., and more recently to San Jose in Silicon Valley. But the border skirmish with the neighboring San Francisco Giants is the latest in a series of stumbling blocks. 

Assuming the A's can reach a temporary agreement to continue playing at the Coliseum beyond 2013, questions still remain about the team's future stadium. Will the A's be able to find a new Bay Area home or will they be forced to leave California altogether? 

The A's have not commented on potential relocation destinations, but Portland, Ore., Las Vegas, Nev., and San Antonio, Texas, are among the cities that would likely be considered.

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