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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Athletics continue ballpark plans in Oakland and Las Vegas

The Athletics are proceeding with “parallel paths,” planning new ballparks in Oakland and Las Vegas. Club officials are determined to find the best fit and relocate if the organization can’t secure what it wants along the downtown waterfront Howard Terminal site.

Team president Dave Kaval is planning another trip to Las Vegas soon—traveling there every couple of weeks, he said—to evaluate the options with that potential spot. He spoke on the field Friday ahead of the A’s hosting the San Francisco Giants in the Bay Bridge Series at the Coliseum, a site he still insists is not right for baseball going forward.

“I think we’ve been really clear, I think the league’s been really clear that this site does not fit the 21st century vision for baseball in North America,” Kaval said. “You need a downtown urban location to be successful, especially in a two-team market where you have the Giants in a similar stadium on the waterfront, and we’re going to do everything we can to have a stadium that can be at the level or eclipse what they have at Oracle Park in San Francisco. And we have that vision down at Howard Terminal.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2021 at 07:42 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, las vegas

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Oakland A’s officials plan to tour Las Vegas next week

Oakland Athletics officials will visit Southern Nevada next week to explore moving the Major League Baseball club to Las Vegas.

A group headed by A’s president and co-owner Dave Kaval will meet with area government officials over several days, sources confirmed.

The A’s also are said to be lining up a prominent government relations firm to assist in the fact-finding mission.

Las Vegas is one of six cities that have been mentioned as possible suitors for the A’s, who have failed to make satisfactory progress in getting a new ballpark built in Oakland or its surrounding area.

That was the same scenario that resulted in the NFL’s Raiders relocating from Oakland to Las Vegas.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2021 at 09:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, las vegas

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Mayor says MLB has discussed A’s relocation to Las Vegas since 2019

One day after the A’s announced they had received permission from Major League Baseball to explore possible relocation options, the mayor of Las Vegas used social media to reveal that her city has been in talks to bring the team there since 2019.

“Las Vegas has always been open to conversations with major league sport franchises seeking new locations. For over 20 years these talks have included dialogue with league commissioners, and for the Oakland A’s these have been occurring since 2019,” Goodman said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday. “Las Vegas is excited.”...

Wednesday morning, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf said she intends to keep the A’s in Oakland, acknowledging that the only way forward is to proceed with the waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal, a project that’s been in the works since 2018.

“Hell no, we won’t let them go,” Schaaf said.

Goodman’s timeline almost certainly can be traced back to at least Oct. 2019, when MLB commissioner Rob Manfred threatened city officials that if Oakland didn’t drop its lawsuit over the proposed sale of Coliseum land to the A’s, it would risk losing the team to Las Vegas or some other city.

“In a recent meeting with the mayor of Oakland, I did mention Las Vegas in the context of pointing out that the A’s might have to relocate if a new stadium can’t be built in Oakland,” Manfred told the Las Vegas Review-Journal at the time. “There is, however, no plan to move to Las Vegas.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2021 at 01:29 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, las vegas

 

 

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