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.