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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. BDC Posted: May 13, 2021 at 02:03 PM (#6018712)
Probably since 1920.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 13, 2021 at 02:21 PM (#6018716)
Giving a team "permission" to do something it's been doing for two years is very Manfred.
   3. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: May 13, 2021 at 02:54 PM (#6018722)
Report just came in: Manfred open to the idea of A's moving to Las Vegas
   4. Traderdave Posted: May 13, 2021 at 03:26 PM (#6018729)
Giving a team "permission" to do something it's been doing for TWENTY years is very Manfred.


FTFY
   5. winnipegwhip Posted: May 13, 2021 at 03:40 PM (#6018731)
   6. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 14, 2021 at 06:34 PM (#6018890)
VEGA'S, baby...!
   7. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 14, 2021 at 10:54 PM (#6018909)
I assume they will play in the Raiders stadium so we can continue the tradition of yard stripes in the OF And dirt infield during football games.

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