Rendering of Cisco Field:
Future home of the A's?
ORACLE TO GET MORE COURTSIDE SEATING? The Golden State Warriors surprising first half of the NBA season may further enrich its owners and the Authority. OACCA Executive Director Scott Johnson says the Authority is looking to add a second tier of premium courtside seating. The roughly 113 additional seats could follow a similar configuration used by the Phoenix Suns, said Johnson. He says the Authority is currently looking for architecture plans to facilitate adding the potential second row of seating and it could be completed in time for the start of the 2013-14 season. Johnson also says Warriors management has requested unspecified improvements to Oracle Arena.
MILEY NAMED CHAIR The Authority appointed Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley as its next chair. He replaces former Oakland Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente, who was defeated in his run last year for the Oakland City Council At-Large seat. Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid, just appointed back to the Authority last Tuesday, was named vice chair. Miley said he believes deal for all three sports franchises can be gained in an equitable fashion for all sides, but he also flashed he well-known pique by referring to the infamously inequitable return of the Raiders in 1995. Said Miley: "I'm not going to get screwed over like the last time."Watch out for Miley. Staffers have long joked about his propensity for misusing sports metaphors. Hopefully, he won't tell the Raiders to "punt" when they decide whether to stay in Oakland or not.