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Athletics likely to leave Oakland for Las Vegas: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

Oakland could be out of pro sports teams sooner rather than later.

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

Manfred said Sirius XM he’s no longer optimistic they will stay in Oakland, and a move to Las Vegas is likely.

The A’s and Oakland officials had been in talks about a new stadium as part of the Howard Terminal project, but deadlines passed with no progress. Because of this, negotiations for the project have been pushed back to next year, which, according to A’s president, Dave Kaval, would “nearly obliterate our efforts” to stay in Oakland.

Manfred echoed those sentiments, saying there is now “uncertainty” whether the A’s will stay in place. The team’s tenure at the Coliseum ends after the 2024 season.

An almost empty RingCentral Coliseum during a game between Athletics and Rangers on May 26, 2022.
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In May of last year, the team announced it was exploring relocation options while preferring to stay in the Bay Area at a new stadium.

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

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

Athletics likely to leave Oakland for Las Vegas: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

Rob Manfred has been working with the A’s since last year in an attempt to help the team find a suitable new stadium.

Athletics likely to leave Oakland for Las Vegas: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

The A’s ranked last in all of MLB in attendance during the 2022 season.

The A’s ranked dead last last season, averaging just 9,849 people per game, according to Baseball Reference. It was the lowest average in baseball since the 2004 Montreal Expos, which moved to Washington, DC, for the start of the following season. Combined with the lockout, the A’s traded Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Sean Manaea and Chris Bassitt.

On May 2, just 2,488 people came to see the A’s version against the Tampa Bay Rays, who Manfred said will stay in St. Petersburg.


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