Vegas the favorite to land Oakland Athletics if they relocate


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Where are the Oakland Athletics moving to?

The Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020 and the Warriors relocated to San Francisco ahead of the 2019-20 season. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has been vocal that the A's and Rays need new ballparks before the league will consider expansion. CBS sports.comOakland Athletics threaten to relocate if city does not approve plans for new stadium

Are the Oakland A's moving to Las Vegas?

The A's are the last major professional sports team in Oakland after the Golden State Warriors moved to San Francisco and the Oakland Raiders moved to Las Vegas. ... The Athletics need a new ballpark to remain competitive, so it is now in our best interest to also consider other markets,” the league's statement added. KLAS - 8 News NowUPDATE: Oakland A’s have MLB’s permission to consider relocating … and Las Vegas is a favorite

Are the A's leaving Oakland?

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday that MLB has officially given the A's the go-ahead to explore leaving Oakland to find a new home for their squad. Sporting NewsWhere will the Oakland A's go? MLB gives OK for Athletics to explore relocation

Who owns the Oakland A's?

The Oakland A's have been pushing hard for the city of Oakland to approve the construction of a new stadium and mixed use development at Howard Terminal, and now their principal owner John Fisher, in addition to Major League Baseball itself, are significantly upping the stakes. SFGateReport: Oakland Athletics owner, MLB threaten to leave Bay Area if city doesn't approve new stadium

By Justin Tasch

May 11, 2021 | 6:09pm | Updated May 11, 2021 | 6:09pm

Oakland could lose another sports team to Sin City.

MLB said Tuesday it has “instructed” the Athletics to explore relocating to another market because the league is “concerned with the rate of progress on the A’s new ballpark effort with local officials and other stakeholders in Oakland.”

Las Vegas is the “leading contender” to land the A’s if they do end up moving, according to ESPN.

The Raiders, who shared the Oakland Coliseum with the A’s, left for Vegas after their own failure to secure a new stadium. They play in a new stadium near the Las Vegas strip. The Warriors also recently left Oakland for San Francisco.

The A’s have been trying to land a site for a waterfront ballpark in downtown Oakland. MLB says the Coliseum site “is not a viable option for the future vision of baseball.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the A’s proposed a $1 billion privately financed ballpark but have asked for $855 million in public funding as part of a $12 billion waterfront project. The mayor’s office said in a statement Tuesday Oakland also feels “MLB’s sense of urgency and their continued preference for Oakland,” per the Times.

The A’s have played in Oakland since 1968 after relocating from Kansas City, where they played 13 seasons following a move from Philadelphia.

“The time is here for a decision on our future, and it is unclear to us and MLB whether there is a path to success for the A’s in Oakland,” A’s president Dave Kaval wrote Tuesday in a letter to fans.

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Athletics threatening to leave Oakland if city doesn't approve new MLB stadium

USA TODAY 12 May, 2021 - 07:01am

MLB has given A's permission to explore moving from the city they've called home since 1968 if a new stadium deal falls through.

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Major League Baseball has given the Oakland Athletics the green light to explore moving the franchise in the event negotiations with the city for a new ballpark fall through.

The Athletics' current lease at what's now called RingCentral Coliseum runs through 2024, but MLB has been unhappy with the progress of negotiations between the team and the city to upgrade or replace it.

"The Oakland Coliseum site is not a viable option for the future vision of baseball," the league said in a statement. "We have instructed the Athletics to begin to explore other markets while they continue to pursue a waterfront ballpark in Oakland. The Athletics need a new ballpark to remain competitive, so it is now in our best interest to also consider other markets."

The A's have proposed a $12 billion mixed-use complex that would include a $1 billion privately funded ballpark along the Oakland waterfront. However those plans must be approved by the city council, which has so far refused to endorse or hold a formal vote on the project.

"The future success of the A's depends on a new ballpark," A's owner John Fisher said in a statement. "Oakland is a great baseball town, and we will continue to pursue our waterfront ballpark project. We will also follow MLB's direction to explore other markets."

Meanwhile, a local citizens group, the East Oakland Stadium Alliance, continues to push for the A's to renovate the current Coliseum site. 

"The A’s can stay in Oakland. If they focused on rebuilding at the Coliseum, which is already approved for a new ballpark village, there wouldn’t be a need to make threats," the group said in a statement. "We want the A’s to stay in Oakland but not at the expense of thousands of blue-collar workers, or the health and safety of Oakland residents."

Within the past two years, Oakland's NFL and NBA franchises have left the city for new home stadiums -- the Raiders relocated to Las Vegas in 2020 and the Warriors moved across the Bay to San Francisco in 2019.

A’s president Dave Kaval presented a letter to the city council on April 23, urging that they vote on the ballpark proposal before they recess for the summer. The ballclub is seeking $855 million in public money for infrastructure improvements around the new stadium, which would be generated through special tax districts around the development. The club also hopes to develop the land around their current Coliseum home.

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement last month that the city “is willing to bring to bear its resources to help make this vision a reality; however, today’s proposal from the A’s appears to request public investment at the high end for projects of this type nationwide. We remain fully committed to working collaboratively with the A’s, our City Council, and our community partners, to formulate a public-private partnership and project of which we can all be proud, and to bring forth a consensus plan to our City Council this year.”

The A's, who have played in Oakland since 1968, have on several occasions attempted to leave the now-55-year-old Coliseum, but each time have seen those plans fall through. 

Las Vegas is seen by many as the leading contender should the A's seek a new home. Other possibilities include Vancouver, Nashville, Montreal, Portland and Charlotte.

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