A’s president Kaval: ‘Real chance’ team could move to Las Vegas

Posted: 03/04/2022 in MLB
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Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval believes Las Vegas will eventually host a Major League Baseball team, and if things go his way, the A’s could call Sin City home.

“We’re negotiating with different parties. We’ve had a lot of detailed meetings on some of these term sheets … pretty shortly, we’re going to be announcing a site in Las Vegas because we have to have a real option down in Las Vegas,” Kaval said on Friday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Mick Akers.

“I think eventually there will be a Major League Baseball team there, and I think there’s a real chance that it could be the A’s.”

Kaval said the club would announce its preferred Las Vegas site in 4-6 weeks, adding that the organization is very excited about the location.

The news comes after the A’s and the city of Oakland were hit with a lawsuit on Friday relating to the Howard Terminal project in the Bay Area.

The lawsuit, which alleges the stadium’s development would pose environmental risks to the area, could add nine months of unpredictability to the project, increasing the franchise’s chances of looking elsewhere for a new home.

“It just brings more uncertainty and further reinforces why we’re spending so much time and effort, and we have such a sincere interest in Las Vegas as an option for the club,” Kaval said.

In May 2021, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recommended the team consider relocation following its numerous failed attempts to find a new home in the Oakland area.

The A’s have played at Oakland Coliseum since 1968 and have been trying to build a new ballpark in the city for decades.

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