Oakland Athletics will likely move to Las Vegas, says MLB commissioner ranked dead last among spectators

It’s a safe bet that the Oakland Athletics baseball team will leave town for Las Vegas, according to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

Manfred said in a Friday interview with Sirius XM that he was no longer optimistic the A’s would stay in Oakland.

“It just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” Manfred said.

The 56-year-old Oakland Coliseum athletics lease ends after the 2024 season.

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It’s a safe bet that the Oakland Athletics baseball team will leave town for Las Vegas, according to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

Negotiations between the A’s and Oakland officials over a new Howard Terminal stadium project are expected to drag into next year, which team president Dave Kaval said would “suspend our efforts” to stay in the game. bay area.

The A’s had hoped to build a 35,000 seat stadium as part of a housing and retail development.

The A’s also ranked dead last in attendance last season, averaging just 9,849 people per game.

It was the lowest average in baseball since the 2004 Montreal Expos, which moved to Washington, D.C.

The A's ranked dead last in attendance last season, averaging just 9,849 people per game

The A’s ranked dead last in attendance last season, averaging just 9,849 people per game

Earlier this month, Billy Beane, the club’s longtime executive vice president of baseball operations, thought things were moving forward.

“Look, at some point we’ll have a new stadium, that’s what makes me feel good.” I hope it’s in my remit,” Beane said with a laugh. “But we will, and I think the organization and the city deserve it. It will happen.

Oakland owner John Fisher and team president Dave Kaval are working on a baseball stadium project on the Oakland waterfront near the city’s Jack London Square area.

The team’s plan in Oakland calls for a privately funded 35,000 seat ballpark, 3,000 residential units, office and retail space, hotel rooms and an indoor performance center.

Tony Kemp #5 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with his team after hitting an RBI single in the 10th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at RingCentral Coliseum on October 3, 2022 in Oakland, California

Tony Kemp #5 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with his team after hitting an RBI single in the 10th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at RingCentral Coliseum on October 3, 2022 in Oakland, California

In 2019, the commissioners tentatively agreed to give the team four years to complete an environmental impact report for the 50-acre site.

Even then, the A’s would still have a long way to go before they could secure their stadium, including negotiating a lease or sale of the land and receiving City Council and state approval.

The current Oakland Coliseum is over 50 years old, and MLB has said rebuilding at the current location is not a viable option.

“I know the effort is made to make it happen here,” Beane said, “I’ve seen it firsthand.”

In May 2021, Major League Baseball asked the Oakland brass to explore relocation options if no stadium deal could be reached and team president Dave Kaval said the club was working on plans the along ‘parallel lanes’ in Oakland and Las Vegas.

The couple, a man in a black shirt and a woman in pink trousers, were pictured in surveillance footage as they made their way to the stadium over the weekend

The couple, a man in a black shirt and a woman in pink trousers, were pictured in surveillance footage as they made their way to the stadium over the weekend

Oakland lost the NBA’s Golden State Warriors to neighboring San Francisco last year, while the NFL’s Raiders left for Las Vegas ahead of the 2020 season.

The Athletics has been exploring a move to Las Vegas since May 2021.

Last month, the A’s received unwanted attention after police released a photo of a lusty couple allegedly having sex at the top of the stands at the Athletics-Seattle Mariners game.

The couple – a man in a black shirt and a woman in pink pants – were pictured in surveillance footage as they made their way to RingCentral Coliseum in September. Earlier clips appeared to show the woman’s head in the man’s crotch, although the resolution of the video was unclear. as he was taken from the other side of the stadium.

Nonetheless, he caught the attention of other onlookers, with one deciding to tape the allegedly lewd act during the A’s vs Mariners game.

The viral video surfaced during Oakland's 5-3 win over Seattle, showing an individual sitting in the upper left bleachers, apparently engaged in a sexual act with another person.  The couple were isolated in the stands on a day when the A's barely sold 9,000 tickets

The viral video surfaced during Oakland’s 5-3 win over Seattle, showing an individual sitting in the upper left bleachers, apparently engaged in a sexual act with another person. The couple were isolated in the stands on a day when the A’s barely sold 9,000 tickets

The humor of the situation didn't escape Resilient A fans. A threesome checked in on Monday in the same section where the couple sat a day earlier, only instead of engaging in a sexual act, these spectators held humorous placards

The humor of the situation didn’t escape Resilient A fans. A threesome checked in on Monday in the same section where the couple sat a day earlier, only instead of engaging in a sexual act, these spectators held humorous placards

The viral video surfaced during Oakland’s 5-3 win over Seattle, showing an individual sitting in the upper left bleachers, apparently engaged in a sexual act with another person.

The couple were isolated in the stands on a day when the A’s barely sold 9,000 tickets.

While the couple were definitely out in public, track matches have been more intimate affairs in recent seasons as attendance has dwindled.

Currently, Oakland ranks last among the majors with less than 10,000 spectators per game.

The fan shortage and the club’s struggles to secure a new stadium in the Bay Area have fueled rumors that the Athletics may follow the NFL’s Raiders in moving from Oakland to Las Vegas.

The humor of the situation was not lost on the resilient A fans amid a terrible 45-78 campaign.

A trio checked in on Monday in the same section where the couple sat a day earlier, only instead of engaging in a sexual act these onlookers were holding signs reading ‘play balls’, ‘don’t blow it’ and ‘Keep your head in the game.’

While the couple were definitely out in public, track matches have been intimate affairs in recent seasons as attendance has dwindled.  Currently, Oakland ranks dead last in the majors with less than 10,000 spectators per game.

While the couple were definitely out in public, track matches have been intimate affairs in recent seasons as attendance has dwindled. Currently, Oakland ranks dead last in the majors with less than 10,000 spectators per game.

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