Jim Krajewski Reno Gazette Journal
Published 2:05 PM EDT Oct 9, 2019
The Oakland A's could be joining their current stadium partner in Las Vegas.
The San Francisco Chronicle and Oakland TV station KTVU reported that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the A's might move to Las Vegas as a result of Oakland filing a lawsuit against the team.
The NFL's Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas next season. A new football stadium is under construction there.
Manfred told Oakland government officials they need to drop the lawsuit against the A's or there could be a possibility that the team would relocate to another city, Las Vegas.
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The reports of that (a potential move) are accurate, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, who met with Manfred, told KTVU. (Las Vegas) is the city that came out of his mouth. Obviously, he chose his city wisely as far as exposing a pain point that all Oaklanders feel about losing our sports teams.
NBC Sports Bay Area reported that the lawsuit against the A's is to stop the development of the 155-acre Coliseum site to help pay for a privately financed ballpark, which has been proposed to be built at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square in Oakland, roughly six miles away from the current site.
In the suit, the city argues the county violated the Surplus Land Act, which calls for extra land owned by public entities to first be considered for public housing. The city said the county did not negotiate in good faith for the required 90-day period.
The A's and Raiders both currently play at RingCentral Coliseum. The A's don't own the Coliseum. It's owned by Alameda County and the City of Oakland.
The next hearing in the lawsuit is set for Nov. 14. Schaaf told TMZ she is confident about working a deal out to keep the team in Oakland.
The A's want to completely renovate the stadium as part of a major upgrade because they believe a new stadium would help with attendance. Oakland's attendance is among the worst in baseball.
The lawsuit arose after the City of Oakland learned Alameda County is trying to sell its ownership stake in the Coliseum back to the Athletics organization.
The Athletics moved to Oakland from Kansas City in 1968 and they have played in the Coliseum that entire time.
Las Vegas recently built a new stadium for the baseball team there, the Las Vegas Aviators, which is the Athletics' Triple-A affiliate.
The Golden State Warriors are moving from Oracle Arena in Oakland to the Chase Center in San Francisco this season.