The never-ending story of Oakland's three professional sports teams leaving for greener venues has been going on longer than it takes to complete a "Mission to Mars."
This ratatouille of relocation rationales has more ingredients than any sports stew in recent memory. Team ownerships have made announcements, pronouncements, retrenchments and veiled threats about where their franchises will end up.
Leagues have formed committees to research equitable solutions, one with a Giant roadblock. Elected officials opine with supposedly clear strategy. Unfortunately those positions lack clarity, focus and coherent strategy.
Over the past seven years the new venue compass has pointed to Diridon Station, Fremont with a side of Cisco, Coliseum City, Howard Terminal, Dilapidated Dockage in SF, Victory Court, downtown Oakland, an AT&T parking lot, an abandoned Concord Naval Weapons Station and now a bizarre temporary A's baseball stadium in the San Jose Giants Park or the soon to be opened San Jose Earthquakes soccer stadium in 2015.
This vacuum of progress is driving Oakland sports fans away from the turnstiles (other than the Warriors) to see their sports psychiatrists in record numbers.
The Warriors will be a part of the Oaktown landscape until someone comes up with a quarter billion anchovies/sardines/herring just to take care of the crumbling concrete at Piers 30-32.
The cost of pier progress alone could pay for a spiffy suite of improvements at Oracle for a team that continues to sell out after coming back from 16 years wandering in the desert of competitive despair.
The A's "Moneyball" express rolls on but their San Jose ballpark quest is more like "Funnyball." Committed A's fans take it personally when ownership complains about lack of support while making more yearly profit than the Giants (no, that's not a misprint).
The merry little charade of "We gotta get outta of this place" rolls on.
The ongoing conversations between the teams and city leaders are focused on lease extensions. "Hey landlord, I think you are not keeping up with repairs, the plumbing is screwed up, I don't like the Silver and Black neighbors sharing my turf but I'd like a year-to-year lease under my own terms and conditions. We cool?"
I wish someone in a leadership position would respond, "No, we ain't cool!"
Oakland is a gritty yet highly competitive city, with suburbs, exurbs and even far away counties with fans and businesses that will support a coherent stay-at-home strategy led by a committed group of leaders who understand that the desolation that was China Basin can be replicated at 66th Avenue.
We don't need no stadia with coves, arenas with kayak docks or shared Santa Claran football palaces. Just give the fans of these three great Oakland franchises the chance to show the loyalty they have exemplified in decades past.
AT&T Park is a shining and viable example of what civic teamwork is all about between team, elected officials and business leadership can accomplish. The magnificent transportation network that exists at the Coliseum site could never be built today. The Coliseum Swap Meet of today can be the recreation, research and residential renaissance of tomorrow.
The Bay Area boomtown will benefit Oakland from the vision of Gov. Jerry Brown, who as mayor saw that affordable places to live were part of Oakland's future.
Enough already with 1,365 days and counting of Major League Baseball's relocation committee work.
Enough already with San Jose. The A's aren't moving there.
Enough already with a Black Hole of a Raiders' stadium plan that keeps getting deeper with no strategy.
Enough already on we need to move to San Francisco to attract quality NBA free agents.
The fans of these three teams could use a major infusion of community leadership.
Andy Dolich is a sports business consultant who was an executive of the Oakland A's from 1980-94 under the Haas family ownership, has been COO of the San Francisco 49ers and president of the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.