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Manfred’s Patience Wearing Thin? Commish Makes Stance on A’s Clear

Feb 9, 2024

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has made it abundantly clear the Oakland A’s are on the clock.

Speaking at the end of the owners’ meetings this week in Florida, Manfred reiterated his strong hope that the Oakland A’s maintain their target of opening a new ballpark in Las Vegas to open the 2028 season.

“I would be disappointed, let me say it that way, if we didn’t open that stadium Opening Day 2028,” Manfred said. “Disappointed, just in the sense I think it’s best for the A’s and best for the game.”

Manfred’s comments arrive as the MLB club’s planned relocation is facing an increased set of problems. While the A’s are still grappling with how to build a stadium on a 9-acre site along the Las Vegas Strip, marking one of the smallest ballpark footprints in the league, a legal challenge has been filed against $380 million in public funding toward the project, planned stadium renderings are increasingly behind schedule, and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman earlier this week said the current ballpark plan “does not make sense.”

Source: Front Office Sports

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