Count the Oakland A's among the "cancel rent" crowd.
The head of the agency that oversees the Oakland Coliseum says the A's have informed him they had "no ability to pay" the annual $1.2 million rent on the facility.
There's a long history of Major League Baseball owners crying poor, including with weird claims about how much they'll lose in a season with no fans.
"They said because they haven't used it, they were not able to generate revenue and they have no ability to pay", Henry Gardner, the interim executive director of the Coliseum authority, said in a story published by the Bay Area News Group.
Gardner said that Coliseum management was willing to negotiate, but expects payment.
The Athletics did not respond to a request for comment from the Bay Area News Group.
According to a letter obtained by the East Bay Times, A's general counsel D'Lorna Ellis cited a clause in the contract that relieves both parties of their respective obligation when there is an extraordinary event.
The A's are facing criticism that they're using the pandemic as an excuse to skip out on rent.
"We trust that you understand and agree with our position in the interest of public health and safety", the letter continues. The crisis, De La Fuente said, is "not the city's fault, not the county's fault or the state's fault".
Coliseum Authority board member Ignacio De La Fuente accused the A's of taking advantage of the crisis, telling the outlet that it's "not the city's fault, not the county's fault or the state's fault", that the coronavirus pandemic is happening.
Due to Coliseum renovations made when the Raiders returned in 1995, the city and the county are still saddled with approximately $55 million in debt. An attorney for the A's, however, said it remains unclear if the stadium would be available to the team, because of the possibility of it being used as a covid-19 patient site. And yes, the A's aren't getting their usual revenues right now, and yes, it's far from clear that they'll actually play baseball games at the Coliseum this year.