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Arbitrator rules departing Warriors owe $40 million for Oakland arena fix up

Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, is pictured in Oakland, Calif. An arbitrator says the Golden State Warriors must pay roughly $40 million for renovations at the Oakland arena they are leaving. The government agency that manages Oracle Arena announced the arbitrator's decision Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (Noah Berger / Associated Press)
Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, is pictured in Oakland, Calif. An arbitrator says the Golden State Warriors must pay roughly $40 million for renovations at the Oakland arena they are leaving. The government agency that manages Oracle Arena announced the arbitrator's decision Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (Noah Berger / Associated Press)
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SAN FRANCISCO – An arbitrator says the Golden State Warriors must pay roughly $40 million for renovations at the Oakland arena they are leaving.

The government agency that manages the Oracle Arena announced the arbitrator’s decision Monday.

The departing team said it had no obligation to continue making annual payments of about $7.5 million to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority for the arena’s renovation in 1996.

The authority uses the team’s annual payment to help pay down a $150 million, 30-year renovation bond it took out in 1996. The last payment is due in 2027. The Warriors will play home games in San Francisco next season and said the debt obligation ended when it terminated its Oakland lease.

Arbitrator Rebecca Westerfield said the team is still bound by its 1996 agreement to pay for the renovations.

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