Las Vegas continues to move closer to landing Oakland A’s
With the MLB in its annual All-Star Break, the talk surrounding Las Vegas and the Oakland A’s continues to be a hot topic.
On Wednesday, Mick Akers of the Review-Journal reported that Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao met with Commissioner Rob Manfred last weekend. While the meeting was about options to keep the A’s in Oakland, it appears as if it was “too little, too late” as Akers states below:
— Mick Akers (@mickakers) July 12, 2023
That’s certainly great news for Sin City and their pursuit of the franchise. It’s bad news for Oakland fans who were hoping to keep the team there.
This comes a day after Manfred stated that the A’s have begun the relocation process to Las Vegas:
The Athletics, poised to move out of Oakland and into Las Vegas, have “begun to submit information related to their relocation application,” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred stated Tuesday, adding that the application is “not complete at this point.”
About a month ago, the Nevada State Legislature approved a $380 million bill that would help fund a proposed 30,000-seat, $1.5 billion retractable-roof ballpark on the Tropicana hotel site along the Vegas strip. The A’s, based in Oakland since 1968, hope to break ground next year and open the venue in time for the 2028 season. Their lease at the Oakland Coliseum expires after the 2024 season and their interim home has yet to be decided.
It just feels like a matter of time before this is all done.
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