OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff said a possible move to San Jose is “not worth a nasty battle” over territorial rights with the San Francisco Giants, and is hopeful the city’s new mayor can help them get a new stadium built in Oakland.
Wolff sounded open to staying in Oakland in an exclusive interview with KPIX 5’s Phil Matier.
“Every article I read says I can’t wait to move to San Jose, and that’s not true,” Wolff said.
Wolff is hopeful newly elected mayor Libby Schaaf, who he has “a great deal of respect for,” will be able to facilitate a deal for a new stadium.
Schaaf has made it clear she wants to keep both the A’s, and the Raiders in Oakland.
“I’ve been very clear with Mr. Wolff, and everyone that I am excited about expanding economic vitality in this city, keeping both teams,” Schaaf said.
Wolff was confident in the team’s prospects.
“We are going to have an interesting team, and we are going to be here for a lot longer than anyone thinks.”