Oakland reaches deal to sell its stake in the Coliseum to Black-owned investment group

An Oakland Athletics game at the Oakland Coliseum in happier times.

The city of Oakland has reached an agreement to sell its 50 percent ownership share of the Coliseum to a local buyer, the African American Sports and Entertainment Group.

Mayor Sheng Thao’s office held a news conference Wednesday afternoon at Castlemont High School to announce details of the deal, which is for a minimum purchase price of $105 million over two years.

Funds from the sale will help Oakland cope with its projected $177 million budget deficit, according to the mayor’s office, and could enable the city to avoid painful cuts to city departments, including police services.

After acquiring the city’s half of the massive East Oakland property, AASEG is expected to continue making progress on the purchase of the other half from the Oakland A’s, which bought its share from Alameda County for $85 million.

In the past, AASEG has said it was considering bringing a Women’s National Basketball Association team and a Black-led NFL team to the site, as well as affordable housing, retail spaces and parks.

Thao was joined at the news event by AASEG’s Ray Bobbit and Carolyn “CJ” Johnson of the Black Cultural Zone.

An A’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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