On Wednesday, the East Bay Express reported that Golden State Warriors co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber were part of several investment groups interested in buying the Oakland Athletics and building a new waterfront ballpark in Oakland.
However, Guber shot down those rumors late Wednesday night. Guber, who is also a minority owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, told the Los Angeles Times that the reports of his interest in buying the A’s are “absolutely not true.”
“I have not had any conversations with the league or any of the owners about buying the team,” Guber said. “I love the Dodgers. I love the Warriors.”
Guber, however, did not comment on Lacob’s reported interest. It would surely seem strange if the Warriors co-owners were indeed interested in buying the A’s and building a new ballpark in Oakland, since they have a plan to move the Warriors from Oakland to San Francisco by 2017.
The A’s ownership and stadium issues have taken center-stage in recent years. Owner Lew Wolff has made been adamant about moving the team to San Jose, but is blocked by the Giants’ territorial rights claim. Thus, the A’s have been stuck in limbo, playing in the dilapidated Coliseum while the owners, the city of Oakland, and Major League Baseball hash out a plan.