Oakland-area sports fans got another jolt this week as some speculation arose that the baseball’s A’s could follow the NFL’s Raiders to Southern Nevada.
Friday, numerous news outlets reported remarks floated by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred that Las Vegas could be a possible new home for either the A’s or the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Bay Area News Group reports that A’s management was quick to quash any talk of a possible A’s move, repeating that while the Raiders may soon call Las Vegas home, the A’s plans to soon announce the site and building schedule for a new Oakland baseball-only stadium.
“We’re building in Oakland,” team president Dave Kaval told the Bay Area News Group. “All of our effort is going into that. We’re working with all our stakeholders to get this done. We’re looking at four sites in Oakland and we’re on target to announce the site and the timeline this year. We’re committed to Oakland.”
Manfred said, speaking to a group of sports editors at an annual meeting at MLB headquarters Thursday, “If we were looking at relocation, Las Vegas would be on the list.” In February, the commissioner called Las Vegas a “viable” market and said that legalized gambling was not keeping the city from being considered.