Kaval said he and Fisher have a “great working relationship” and a “system whereby we divide and conquer on certain things.” When asked what Fisher concentrates on, Kaval mentioned the team’s relationship with Major League Baseball before quickly promoting the team the A’s have in place to build a ballpark.
“It looks as if the owner isn’t going to be involved,” Dolich said. “That to me is not a wonderful model of success.”
The city of Oakland has not taken a leadership role, waiting to see what the A’s decide. Through a spokesman, Mayor Schaaf declined to be interviewed.
The Bay Area may be the region of the country most hostile to public financing of sports arenas; the San Francisco 49ers received no direct public money for their new home in Santa Clara, and the under construction Warriors arena is entirely privately financed. Kaval insisted that the A’s would privately finance their new stadium.
That will require corporate partners, and Oakland is home to just one Fortune 500 company, Clorox. But Kaval said he believed San Francisco and Silicon Valley-based companies would work with the A’s.