Athletics likely to leave Oakland for Las Vegas, MLB commissioner says


Oakland may be out of professional sports teams sooner rather than later.

The future of the Athletics in Oakland has been in limbo for several years, but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred thinks a new destination is on the horizon.

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General view of a game between the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics on Aug. 28, 2022, at RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA. 

General view of a game between the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics on Aug. 28, 2022, at RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA. 
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Manfred told Sirius XM that he’s no longer optimistic they will remain in Oakland, and a move to Las Vegas is likely.

The A’s and Oakland officials had been in discussions regarding a new stadium as part of the Howard Terminal project, but deadlines passed without progress. Because of this, negotiations for the project have been pushed to next year, which A’s president Dave Kaval said would “all but doom our efforts” to stay in Oakland.

Manfred echoed those sentiments, saying there is now “uncertainty” if the A’s will stay put. The team’s lease at the Coliseum ends after the 2024 season.

A general view of the outside of the stadium prior to the start of the home opener between the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on April 18, 2022, in Oakland, California. 

A general view of the outside of the stadium prior to the start of the home opener between the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on April 18, 2022, in Oakland, California. 
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In May of last year, the team announced it was exploring relocation possibilities while preferring to stay in the Bay Area in a new stadium.

At the time, the A’s “worked very hard to advance a new ballpark in downtown Oakland for the last four years, investing significant resources while facing multiple roadblocks,” MLB said.

The Golden State Warriors moved to San Francisco last year, while the Raiders moved to Vegas before the start of the 2020 season.

Attendance at Oakland Athletics baseball games have dwindled to historic lows as the team has traded away fan favorite players and continues to explore moving the team to Las Vegas if they can't reach a deal to build a new stadium near the Port of Oakland.

Attendance at Oakland Athletics baseball games have dwindled to historic lows as the team has traded away fan favorite players and continues to explore moving the team to Las Vegas if they can’t reach a deal to build a new stadium near the Port of Oakland.
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The A’s ranked dead last in attendance this past season, averaging just 9,849 people per game, according to Baseball Reference. It was the lowest average in baseball since the 2004 Montreal Expos, who moved to Washington, D.C., for the start of the next season. Combined with the lockout, the A’s traded away Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Sean Manaea and Chris Bassitt.

On May 2, only 2,488 people came to see the A’s take on the Tampa Bay Rays, whom Manfred says thinks will remain in St. Petersburg.





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