Major League Baseball commissioner warns Oakland it could lose A's to Las Vegas

Ruben Hill
October 10, 2019

Oakland city council member Larry Reid believes Manfred will move the team if his hand is forced even if Schaff wants to keep the team in Oakland.

But part of that plan involved the A's buying the half of the current Coliseum land owned by the county for $85 million, and the City of Oakland has since sued to block that sale.

"Obviously he chose his city wisely as far as exposing a pain point that all Oaklanders feel about losing our sports teams", she said.

"As we look toward the future and work on these concerns, we thought it would be valuable to talk about what would be good to see happen at this site", she added.

And now, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has confirmed Manfred's threat. saying he did, in fact, tell officials he would consider moving the team. A court date is set for next month.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported that Manfred, in a meeting last week, threatened that the A's would move if the city's lawsuit was not dropped.

The Oakland City Council's swift action Monday follows a drawn out exodus of the city's two other professional sports franchises.

Another Oakland team, the Raiders, already are relocating to Las Vegas. A judge issued a temporary restraining order last week blocking the transaction. Schaaf said Manfred's choice of a possible relocation city was intentional.

A's president Dave Kaval said last week the team was "blindsided" by the restraining order being granted.

"I will say, though, that I absolutely see a path to a new ballpark right.at Howard Terminal", Schaaf said.

"I've been clear about the path to keeping the A's in Oakland - build a privately-financed ballpark that's responsible to taxpayers and enhances neighborhood vitality". After all, the commissioner has in the past rejected the idea of the team leaving Oakland, saying a year ago, "I believe that there is not another market in the United States that has the upside potential that Oakland has, and I think we would regret leaving Oakland".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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