Oakland could lose another sports team to Sin City.
MLB said Tuesday it has “instructed” the Athletics to explore relocating to another market because the league is “concerned with the rate of progress on the A’s new ballpark effort with local officials and other stakeholders in Oakland.”
Las Vegas is the “leading contender” to land the A’s if they do end up moving, according to ESPN.
The Raiders, who shared the Oakland Coliseum with the A’s, left for Vegas after their own failure to secure a new stadium. They play in a new stadium near the Las Vegas strip. The Warriors also recently left Oakland for San Francisco.
The A’s have been trying to land a site for a waterfront ballpark in downtown Oakland. MLB says the Coliseum site “is not a viable option for the future vision of baseball.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the A’s proposed a $1 billion privately financed ballpark but have asked for $855 million in public funding as part of a $12 billion waterfront project. The mayor’s office said in a statement Tuesday Oakland also feels “MLB’s sense of urgency and their continued preference for Oakland,” per the…