OAKLAND -- The Oakland Raiders and Oakland A's have both agreed to short-term lease extensions that buy time for East Bay leaders trying to keep both teams in Oakland well into the future.
The joint city of Oakland-Alameda County board that operates the Coliseum complex approved Monday a two-year extension for the A's that will keep the team in Oakland through 2015 and a one-year extension with the Raiders through next football season.
The deals will require the A's to more than double their total payments from $800,000 last season to $1.75 million in each of the next two years, while the Raiders total rent will drop from more than $3 million this year to just under $1 million next year.
Both the A's and Raiders want new stadiums and view their continued sharing of the publicly-owned Coliseum as a stopgap measure. With the teams staying put for now, East Bay leaders are continuing with plans to redevelop the Coliseum complex as a privately-financed sports and entertainment center as well as a potential alternative stadium site for the A's near Jack London Square.
"The most important thing about this deal is that it opens the door to make a better long-term deal," said Oakland Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, who also sits on the Coliseum board.
Although the board voted 7-1 to approve both deals, commissioners acknowledged that they had hoped to extract more concessions from the A's, who will continue to control valuable concessions rights at the Coliseum that grants them a share of proceeds from Raiders games.
Commissioners relented on their demands recently after Major League Baseball threatened to help the A's move to AT&T Park in San Francisco. City and county officials didn't want to get in a fight with the league, whose support it will need to keep the A's in Oakland.
"At the end of the day, it's not ideal, but it's progress," said Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, who is chairman of the Coliseum board. "The big thing is Major League Baseball supports this, and I think it's important to have (their) support for what we're doing with the A's for the moment and looking toward the future."
Board member Aaron Goodwin, who is also a sports agent, cast the lone dissenting vote. He said after the meeting that the board should have held out for a longer lease and more money from the A's. "I didn't think this deal was fair for the fans or the public, so I couldn't vote for it," he said.
The lease extensions offer little relief to city and county taxpayers who remain on the hook for renovations to the Coliseum made two decades ago to bring the Raiders back from Los Angeles. Debt service on those bonds will cost $14.6 million this year and at least $10 million a year through 2025.
By then, both teams might call a different city home. The A's still want to move to San Jose over the objections of the San Francisco Giants. The Raiders have said they want to stay, but are also considering a return to Los Angeles if the push to build a new football stadium in Oakland falters.
The lease deal bumps up the A's annual rent from $800,000 last season to $1.5 million over the next two seasons. The A's also agreed to pay a $250,000 fee for the rights to control concessions at the Coliseum.
Additionally, the team and the Coliseum board agreed to go to arbitration to settle a dispute over whether the A's can deduct rent money to offset a city parking tax. Since the tax, which pays for police and violence prevention programs, was first imposed at the Coliseum in 2009, the team has withheld more than $3 million in rent payments, Coliseum officials said.
The Raiders deal requires the team to pay a total of $925,000 for use of the stadium and the team's training complex -- plus half the team's revenue from game day concessions, parking and club seating. The team's total rent had jumped from $525,000 to roughly $1.5 million two years ago, $2 million last season and $3 million this season.
The Coliseum authority agreed to the one-year reduction, citing that the Raiders did not derive substantial revenue from the Coliseum and was negotiating in good faith to stay in Oakland long-term, said Deena McClain, the authority's interim executive director. The Raiders declined to comment about the lease extension Monday.
Parking fees will be capped at $35 next season at Raiders games and the team will be allowed to play one "home" game abroad.
Additionally, the Raiders will be able to rent its training facility in Alameda for $525,000 even if it plays elsewhere in two seasons as long as the team is negotiating in good faith for a new stadium at the Coliseum complex.
The extensions won't become final until they are approved next month by the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.