The Oakland Athletics could relocate to Las Vegas

It appears that a Major League Baseball team could be on the move for the first time since the Montreal Expos left for Washington.

On Wednesday night, The Nevada Independent released an article stating that the Oakland Athletics ownership is planning to purchase land in Las Vegas, Nevada to build a brand new $1.5 billion stadium. It’s not quite a done deal, but Fox Sports’ Ben Verlander tweeted this photo early on Thursday morning.

Wow. A statement has been released by the Oakland A’s on the Vegas move.
This is happening.
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) April 20, 2023

Obviously, building a stadium takes time, so the team in Oakland may not be moving for awhile  However, after 20+ years of attempting to move out of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, it appears the team is just going to move to Las Vegas.
On top of having one of the worst teams in 2023, Oakland has an average attendance of 11,025 in their 12 home games according to Looking at the year by year numbers, they haven’t ranked above 20th since the 2005 season. That’s partially due to the stadium being awful, and also in part due to not making the American League Championship Series since 2006.
The Oakland Coliseum has gotten so bad that there’s apparently a possum living inside the walls in the visiting broadcast booth.

MLB teams visiting the Oakland A’s have been unable to use the visiting broadcast booth.
A possum is “living inside its walls”, and has been since last season.
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) April 15, 2023

Meanwhile, Las Vegas is the new hottest destination for Big Four American Sport Leagues. In fact, this is not the first time a Big Four sports team made the move from Oakland to Las Vegas. The National Football League’s “Raiders” franchise had two stints in Oakland, …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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