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A’s Leave Problems Behind in Oakland—But Questions Await in Sacramento

Apr 5, 2024

The A’s are officially ending their time in Oakland after 57 seasons, announcing Thursday a plan to move to Sacramento for the 2025–27 seasons. But in exiting one difficult, increasingly toxic situation in their current home, the MLB club is introducing a whole other set of complications in the California state capital.

A decision about the temporary home of the A’s was for months a closely watched situation. Oakland seemed the favorite in recent weeks, in part due to the Coliseum’s existing standing as a facility approved for MLB play, and also because staying in the market would preserve a local media-rights deal with NBC Sports California that paid the club $67 million last year.

But the deliberation materially changed in recent days. After a meeting Tuesday with Oakland city officials, the A’s said they were “far apart” on deal terms to return to the Coliseum. And the start of the 2024 season for the A’s has been marked by fan protests and a further drop in what was already by far the league’s worst attendance. The impending departure also means that Oakland will have lost the A’s, Raiders, and Warriors—all in a five-year period.

Source: Front Office Sports

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