John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle has stirred discussion about the possibility of the San Francisco Giants hosting the Oakland A's for a portion of their home games at Oracle Park starting in 2025 and once the current lease of the Oakland Coliseum runs out in Dec. 2024.
Citing sources, those close to the A's suggest that the notion of the Athletics playing around 40 games per season (half of their home matchups) at Oracle Park has been circulating within the baseball community and that A's president Dave Kaval has suggested the possibility to both the MLB and the Giants.
The A's need to find a solution to the problem of not having a ballpark for the 2025-27 span once they leave the Coli and wait for the construction of their new stadium in the Las Vegas Strip.
The franchise would also like to keep getting financial revenue linked to their contracts with broadcasting companies from the Bay Area, which can only happen if they remain in Oakland or its whereabouts. The A's reliance on their Bay Area location for TV revenue makes the idea of utilizing Oracle Park for a fraction of their home games enticing, albeit a complicated one.
Dave Kaval, the A's president, recently acknowledged the possibility of sharing Oracle Park with the Giants as one of the potential routes to address their situation.
Although the feasibility of such a plan remains uncertain, the fact that it's under consideration is noteworthy. Alternate, equally dubious options include remaining at the Coliseum if the City of Oakland reaches an agreement with the A's before Dec. 2024, or using the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin where the A's Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas Aviators, currently play.
Staying within the Bay Area would allow the A's to continue receiving checks thanks to their 25-year contract with NBC Sports California, which stretches until 2033 and is valued at nearly $60 million annually.
Logistical challenges are evident when it comes to sharing Oracle Park with the Giants. Just for starters, the resident franchise would prefer to build a new, third clubhouse to host the A's members instead of having to share their own locker room, which would be a nightmare.
Another problem is the money San Francisco would be losing by hosting A's games instead of other events such as concerts, with that revenue getting lost or at least partially split with the Athletics in what could turn into hard-to-close negotiations.
The prospect of the Oakland A's sharing Oracle Park with the San Francisco Giants raises intriguing possibilities and financial considerations, but the feasibility of the whole affair seems to be a bit dreamy at this point.