OAKLAND — First the Raiders, next the A’s?

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said this week he is open to relocating a team to Las Vegas, possibly the Oakland A’s, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

“If we were looking at relocation,” Manfred told a group of sports editors at league headquarters, “Las Vegas would be on the list.”

The Tribune reported the A’s and Tampa Bay Rays as possibilities for relocation because they are struggling to secure financing for new stadiums in their home markets. The A’s are exploring several possible locations for a new stadium in Oakland and have launched a “Rooted in Oakland” marketing campaign highlighting their ties to the city.

The Oakland Raiders recently were granted approval by the NFL to relocate to Las Vegas. With the Golden State Warriors planning to move to a new arena in San Francisco, the A’s, if they stay, likely will be Oakland’s lone remaining professional sports franchise in a few years.

Manfred indicated that relocation is a more likely scenario than bringing an expansion franchise to Las Vegas. “Until the Tampa Bay and Oakland situations are settled, I can’t see talking about expansion.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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