MLB Commish Threatens To Move A's To Las Vegas

Oakland Land Dispute Lawsuit At Heart Of Issue

Mitch Kelly
October 07, 2019 - 8:50 am

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Next year, Las Vegas will become home to the Raiders as the team relocates from Oakland. Could the same fate happen to that city's baseball team as well?

A story in Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle says that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has grown frustrated with a land dispute involving the city of Oakland and Alameda County.

At issue is the Oakland City Council’s decision to sue to block the county from selling its half-ownership of the coliseum site to the A’s. The city, which owns the other half of the coliseum complex, wants the county to sell its share to Oakland. But, Oakland doesn’t have the $85 million that the A’s are offering.

Manfred told the city council in Oakland that if the dispute doesn't get settled, he could see the team moving to Las Vegas or some other market.

Recently, news came to light about the possible relocation of the Arizona Diamondbacks to either Las Vegas or Henderson.

Las Vegas is currently home to Oakland's Triple affiliate, the Las Vegas Aviators.