Putting an end to the Oakland Athletics ongoing stadium saga is definitely on commissioner Bud Selig’s to-do list.
“This is always something I wanted to get resolved before I leave office, which is another five-and-a-half or six months,” said Selig on Tuesday, as he held court in the Raiders locker room for more than 30 minutes as part of his farewell tour.
Whether it actually happens, is a different story.
“I know there has been criticism about the length this has taken…It’s complicated. It’s very complicated. In spite of the fact that a lot of people don’t think that it is, and now we have litigation. So, everything is now on hold and that’s just the fact of life.”
And the situation could be on hold for a while.
“So, once the litigation is resolved, then we”ll all proceed.”
Selig reiterated his belief that the club absolutely needs a new building.
“But let me say at the outset, this team needs a new ballpark. I know I said it the last time I was here.”
One of the parks that the O.co Coliseum reminds Selig of is the old home of his former team the Milwaukee Brewers.
“My only comparison is that this reminds me of County Stadium in its final days, and Shea Stadium. And for those of you in this room, that’s not a compliment.”
Selig also dished out some praise for the infamous Blue Ribbon Committee, which he originally set up back in 2009.
“I had a committee that worked very well in fact-finding. I know some people were unhappy with the committee, but I understand all that.”