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Monday, October 07, 2019

The Las Vegas A’s? Baseball commissioner tells Oakland it could happen

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made it clear to Oakland officials that the A’s proposed waterfront ballpark and the team’s desire to develop at the Coliseum is an “all in one” proposition — and that the city needs to drop its lawsuit over the Coliseum land sale to the A’s or risk the team relocating to another city.

And apparently, everyone got the message.

“He kind of laid down the law,” said City Councilman Larry Reid, who also sits on the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority. He attended separate meetings Manfred held last week with Mayor Libby Schaaf and council President Rebecca Kaplan.

“He talked about how it was five years ago that he became commissioner, how he had resisted the A’s moving to San Jose back then,” Reid said. “Then he talked about his frustration with the lawsuit and how the city needs to make it go away.”

There are things that could be said about this- I’ll leave it to all of you to have your thoughts…..

 

QLE Posted: October 07, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, las vegas, stadiums

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   1. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: October 07, 2019 at 06:38 AM (#5887261)
Build an exact replica of the Coliseum in Vegas, and have both the A's and Raiders move there! Problem solved!
   2. . Posted: October 07, 2019 at 07:14 AM (#5887265)
Oakland should respond by demanding compensation for the team's and MLB's use of its city name for commercial purposes. Did the city ever get compensated for that?
   3. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 07, 2019 at 10:42 AM (#5887299)
And the A's can be the Raiders' landlord again.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2019 at 10:57 AM (#5887303)
They could play in a league with the Tampa Bay Mariners, Toronto Giants, Washington Padres, and Carolina Twins.
   5. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: October 07, 2019 at 11:02 AM (#5887304)
Move the whole league to Vegas.
   6. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 07, 2019 at 01:09 PM (#5887354)
St. Petersburg White Sox
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 07, 2019 at 01:14 PM (#5887358)
Build an exact replica of the Coliseum in Vegas, and have both the A's and Raiders move there! Problem solved!

Roman Colosseum or LA?
   8. caspian88 Posted: October 07, 2019 at 02:33 PM (#5887409)
Sure, Caesar's Palace would answer if the Athletics called.
   9. Zach Posted: October 07, 2019 at 05:03 PM (#5887521)
So in one step you could go from the best atmosphere and worst stadium in the league to the best stadium and worst atmosphere.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: October 07, 2019 at 05:25 PM (#5887542)
Call his bluff.

He talked about how it was five years ago that he became commissioner, how he had resisted the A’s moving to San Jose back then

Which translates as "Manfred knew he could do nothing about the Giants' territorial rights to San Jose or at least he didn't have anything close to the political capital to get that done so now he pretends he had Oakland's back."
   11. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: October 07, 2019 at 06:47 PM (#5887586)
So in one step you could go from the best atmosphere and worst stadium in the league to the best stadium and worst atmosphere.

Immediate success surely helped, but the Knights are extremely popular in Vegas. Home games are always full, and the crowds are always energetic. You see VGK jerseys and bumper stickers everywhere. An MLB team would do fine there.
   12. Zach Posted: October 07, 2019 at 07:11 PM (#5887608)
Good to know. A crowd of bachelor parties and degenerate gamblers would be pretty sad.
   13. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: October 07, 2019 at 07:33 PM (#5887631)
Those people would be there, too. But speaking on behalf of degenerate gamblers everywhere, we are a more affable crowd than we get credit for.

I've only been to a few Knights games, so I've probably missed some horribleness, but I'd feel much more comfortable taking a child to a game in Vegas than to one in New York.
   14. Brian C Posted: October 07, 2019 at 09:54 PM (#5887717)
I've only been to a few Knights games, so I've probably missed some horribleness, but I'd feel much more comfortable taking a child to a game in Vegas than to one in New York.

When I was a kid, we took a family trip to New York and my dad took my brothers and I out to Shea on the subway from Manhattan. I was 12, my brothers were 10 and 5. This was in 1990. Things were just fine and I'm sure these days it would be considerably more family-friendly. I doubt you'd have a problem.

   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 07, 2019 at 10:07 PM (#5887721)

I've only been to a few Knights games, so I've probably missed some horribleness, but I'd feel much more comfortable taking a child to a game in Vegas than to one in New York.


New York is like Disneyland these days. There's virtually no unsafe places in daylight. Athletic events are beyond safe. The Bronx is no longer burning.

Even in the bad old days, the Stadiums themselves were safe. I remember going to lots of game with my dad at Yankee Stadium in the 70s and 80s. There were tons of fights between drunks, but no ever bothered families.

I remember we were once sitting in the upper deck behind two biker-looking guys who were cursing up a storm. My Mom was with us, so my dad asked them to stop. They were super-apologetic, and turned out to be really nice guys.
   16. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: October 07, 2019 at 10:13 PM (#5887724)
I wasn't referring to safety. I'm talking about drunken idiocy and all that comes with it, particularly the angry and hateful variety. I go to games in New York all the time. The lower sections are always fine. It's very much a crapshoot in the upper deck. I think 100% of my Yankee Stadium bleacher experiences have been very much not family-friendly.
   17. A triple short of the cycle Posted: October 07, 2019 at 11:37 PM (#5887757)
My 2 cents:
Manfred #### off.
The Coliseum is a lot newer than Wrigley and Fenway and a great place to see a game. And a great place to tailgate. Shout out to Trader Dave.
The A's ownership sucks dick and should have their grandchildren waterboarded. Sell the team to someone who cares about baseball and Oakland.
   18. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: October 08, 2019 at 03:42 PM (#5888014)
As team owners demonstrate how little they're interested in putting butts in seats these days, it's a curious threat to take away the seats from those few stalwart butts. Oakland's response should be, "Don't let the door hit YOU in the butt!"

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