Could the Oakland A have all the cards in hand regarding a possible move to Las Vegas? According to sources, senior Nevada government officials are not quite on board with moving the A’s and the costs that would come with it. But these reports also come with a counter.
Rumors are swirling that the Oakland A’s could face an uphill battle with a potential move to Las Vegas…but are they?
According to an article by The New York PostNevada Governor Steve Sisolak isn’t happy about the possibility that the Oakland A’s won’t move to the Silver State without a big financial guarantee that involves their future home.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and Gov. Sisolak are said to have been in talks about the A’s possible move. However, the reported need for public funding to be part of a 30,000-seat domed stadium costing over a billion dollars that would be the new home of the A’s.
The citizens of Nevada would not be responsible for the entire domed stadium bill. However, it’s possible the bill could be around $275 million. That would be less than the $300 million that was part of the Atlanta Braves opening Truist Park and the $500 million Arlington put on the tab for the Texas Rangers to unveil Globe Life Field.
Sisolak has already said that he will not bear a tax on hotel rooms to help pay for the A’s to come to Las Vegas. He also said that the report of The New York Post is not correct, tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal public funding for a new stadium “has not been an issue”.
Manfred also told the Las Vegas newspaper that the Sisolak report “wouldn’t be accurate.”
There are still plenty of options for where the A’s will call future home, and the level of receptivity to creative funding in Nevada could play a big role in those decisions.