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Oakland A’s considering temporary stay at Las Vegas minor league ballpark

The A’s are looking at relocation options and Las Vegas appears to be at the top of their list.

General view of the field and fans in the grandstands during a regular season game between the Sacramento River Cats and the Las Vegas Aviators on April 9, 2019 at Las Vegas Ballpark in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Oakland Athletics have begun the process of searching or a new home, and Las Vegas is looking more and more like the eventual landing spot. The team is visiting with city officials in Las Vegas after presenting a sizable plan in Oakland that failed to include affordable housing.

The A’s and team president Dave Kaval have been flirting with Las Vegas since the A’s announced plans in May to consider relocation. This week, Kaval told the media the team would consider all options, including using the minor league baseball stadium in Las Vegas until a new stadium is built.

“That’s something we’re exploring as a possibility, because it’s hard to know how long these things are going to take,” said A’s president Dave Kaval. “We would have to understand all the different options and when things could occur. But since there is such a state-of-the-art facility already there, it’s at least an option.”

The A’s lease at the Oakland Coliseum expires in 2024. They could work a deal and be a lame duck, but one could imagine one or both sides trying to end the deal early. Of course, we could then expect plenty of lawyers to get involved. Realistically they’re already plenty involved trying to sort out this stadium mess.