OAN’s James Meyers
11:15 AM –Thursday, November 16, 2023
It’s official the Oakland Athletics are calling their new home Las Vegas.
On Thursday, MLB owners in a unanimous vote approved the relocation by the Athletics, according to multiple reports.
This comes after A’s owner John Fisher has been highly criticized by fans for not properly investing in the team, which has led to the franchise not being able to reach a deal on a site for a new stadium in Oakland, causing the move to Las Vegas.
However, a roadblock remains for the move as a Nevada teachers union is fighting the $380 million in public funding that will go towards the team’s $1.5 billion stadium on the Las Vegas Strip as the new ballpark will not be ready until 2028.
If the relocation for the A’s goes through they would be the first MLB team to change cities since the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals in 2005.
The Oakland Athletics finished 50-112 last season while fans protested the move throughout the season.
Additionally, the team only averaged a low 10,276 in attendance, while the MLB average was 29,283 per game.
The A’s are the second team to leave the city of Oakland for Sin City after the NFL’s Oakland Raiders made the same move in 2020.
Furthermore, Oakland will no longer have any major sports franchises after the NBA’s Golden State Warriors moved to San Francisco in 2019.
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