First, the Raiders left Oakland for Las Vegas. Could the Oakland Athletics be the next team to leave town after Sin City?
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman told the Las Vegas Review Journal that she has been speaking with Major League Baseball about moving athletics to Sin City since 2019.
“You know, we saw it with the Raiders. The 2016 talks sparked off and they closed the deal, ”said Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Journal.
“The city (Las Vegas) is moving very quickly and they understand this is attractive to sports franchises of all types,” said Jesse Merrick, sports reporter for NBC subsidiary KSNV in Las Vegas.
On Tuesday, the MLB announced that it had given the Oakland A the blessing to look for other cities to move to, citing concerns about the little progress the city of Oakland has made in approving the $ 12 billion Project to develop the waterfront.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf doubles her commitment to close the deal.
“This is an investment that will pay off not only for Oakland but also for Alameda County,” she said.
Oakland City Council is expected to vote on the new ballpark proposal in July. Oakland City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas told NBC Bay Area that she would like the league and team to guarantee that the A’s will stay in Oakland forever.
“Oakland City Council President: Once we vote, there must be a relocation agreement that both the A’s and MLB won’t go to other cities to find a new home, a new home base,” she said.
Dave Kaval, president of Oakland A, said the legal proceedings derailed the Howard Terminal project. The start of construction is planned for 2027.
“One of the things Vegas does well is building. You can’t drive more than five minutes before you see something under construction out here. Because the area is still growing so fast, ”said Merrick.
The rental contract for the A in the Colosseum runs at the end of 2024.
“Now it’s our 9th inning. We’re in the bat. And I’m ready to rally this team and our incredible fan base to win this game, and that’s what holds the A in Oakland, ”said Schaaf.