No, the A’s aren’t moving to Vegas yet

No, the A’s aren’t moving to Vegas yet

Oakland AThe Internet abhors a vacuum, and with little information leaking out about negotiations between the city of Oakland and the ownership of the Athletics about a development of the new Howard terminalany little comments from the likes of Curator Rob Manfred is taking widely out of context.

Admittedly, Manfred is being a bit sloppy, but he’s also probably tired of talking about the team’s future. The drama began when Manfred appeared SiriusXM and said a new ballpark on Oakland’s waterfront “doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” prompting immediate speculation about baseball Twitter’s wildly unreliable news that Dave Kaval was deep in the guts of the Coliseum, loading moving trucks and establishing GPS coordinates for Summerlin and the Las Vegas Ballpark.

However, considering betting on it, Manfred quickly set the record straight with the Los Angeles Times. Bill Shaikin and stated that there is no specific plan to relocate the A’s, with ongoing talks between the team and the city on some long-standing issues, including affordable housing, infrastructure funding and community benefits. It is not surprising: they are areas of disagreement between the two parties, and after the procedure, the last issues to be resolved. In the end, there is no current deal in Las Vegas or Oakland, and the talks continue.

How they were the week before and the month before. Hey, Rob Manfred’s job is to help broker a deal, and pretty much the only ammunition in his holster is hectoring. Which is silly right now, as next month’s elections in both Nevada and California could easily affect what happens next on the ballpark front. From the Times:

[Manfred] told The Times that the A’s move to Las Vegas is neither imminent nor guaranteed.

“They have two options available,” Manfred said before Game 2 of the World Series on Saturday. “I think time is running out on the Oakland option. It’s not running out.” …

However, despite several years of scouting in Las Vegas, the A’s have not agreed on a location for a ballpark or a plan to pay for it.

“That’s right,” Manfred said. “They’ve got work to do in Vegas. They don’t have a solid plan at either location. I think at this point in the process and given the state of the Coliseum, they need to continue to explore both alternatives.”

This has been the status quo for months.

The biggest lesson, though, is to be somewhat realistic about what’s going on. The big project takes a long time to complete, and in this case, we’re talking about one of the biggest non-transportation developments (in terms of price tags) in US history: about $12 billion. The stadium is only $1 billion of that.

Could the A’s end up in Las Vegas? Yes. Will the A’s end up in Las Vegas? No one knows, as of now.

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