It is Opening Day across a portion of Major League Baseball. Although the Oakland A’s do not begin their season until Friday, it is a time to be looking forward to the 2022 season and hoping for the best. The negativity should wait, at least until the first game has been played.
But these are the A’s. They are seemingly incapable of going more than a few days without saying or doing something to infuriate their fanbase. This includes their constant allusions to Las Vegas, which continued last Friday.
Oakland A’s continuing to court Las Vegas move
Kaval not only said that he expects that Las Vegas will eventually be home to a Major League Baseball team, but that there is a real chance the A’s could move there. As it is, the team plans to announce their preferred spot for a domed stadium in Las Vegas in the next four to six weeks.
In theory, this would not even be an option. Progress is being made on the Howard Terminal Project and there was hope that a binding resolution could occur soon. After more than two decades of frustration, there was hope that the A’s would finally get their desired waterfront stadium.
Instead, the project is running into roadblocks outside of either the A’s or the city’s control. A pair of lawsuits have been brought forth to stop the project, which could cause a delay or months or even years. At some point, the A’s are going to throw up their hands and just walk away, saying that they attempted to make Oakland work, but they have to move to Las Vegas for their financial well-being since the Howard Terminal Project will never happen.
This just gives the A’s the excuse they needed to leave town. Even when Kaval was pushing for a binding resolution to be voted upon, the A’s continued to court Las Vegas. Now, with these lawsuits, they can pack their bags and point the finger elsewhere.
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The Oakland A’s are going to continue to court Las Vegas until they get their way. Chances are, that will involve moving the team out of Oakland.