MLB: Commissioner threatens Athletics

MLB: Commissioner Threatens Athletics

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The Oakland Athletics could emulate the NFL's Raiders and move to Las Vegas if they can't build a new stadium in northern California, the NFL suggested on Tuesday. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. 

He spoke on the eve of a scheduled vote by the Oakland City Council on a proposed stadium in Howard Terminal. Already, the president of the Athletics, Dave Kaval, had mentioned that without the realization of the project, the future of the organization would be elsewhere. However, Manfred seems to agree, knowing well that Las Vegas has the infrastructure required to host a concession. Vice City saw the Raiders land at Allegiant Stadium in 2020.

“Las Vegas is a viable alternative for a major league roster and there are others that I haven't A's are not prohibited from reviewing, the executive told The San Francisco Chronicle. It is a mistake to believe that this constitutes a set-up. For Oakland, it's time to make a decision on whether they want to continue to rely on Major League Baseball.”

Owner John Fisher's club holds a valid lease at the old RingCentral Coliseum. until the end of the 2024 season. The billionaire had expressed his intention not to invest in the renovation of the premises.

“It is not possible. There are other people to develop the site. And most importantly, John Fisher will inject over $1 billion, because he believes the place with the greatest potential for success is the Howard Terminal,” Manfred said.