• Loading stock data...
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

A’s Could Be Inching Toward Sacramento Move After Week of Local Meetings

  • The A’s met with officials from Oakland and Sacramento this week.
  • They appear far apart on lease terms offered by Oakland.
D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The A’s appear closer than ever to finding a new home for 2025 and maybe beyond.

A day after the organization met with the city of Oakland about a possible short-term lease extension there, the A’s were set to meet with Sacramento officials Wednesday. Smoke is gathering around the A’s possibly moving 80 miles to the northeast. 

An Athletic story in February called Sacramento the “front-runner” to host the A’s next year, and recent developments have only reinforced that. A Bay Area TV reporter said Tuesday that “some employees have been told that Sac is happening,” while the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that a move within Northern California “seems more realistic every day and soon could be a reality.”

The A’s, the city of Oakland, and Alameda County have been negotiating over a short-term extension in the Bay Area, but the sides remain far apart financially. The city’s going away present for the A’s is a significant spike in rent, even by California standards. A’s owner John Fisher currently pays $1.5 million a year to play at the Coliseum. The city wants the team to pay a $97 million nonrefundable extension fee, whether the team stays for three years or longer.  

“We appreciate Oakland’s engagement and also we are far apart on the terms needed to agree on an extension,” the A’s said in a statement. 

Sacramento apparently is interested in making a cheaper offer to land the A’s, with the team likely temporarily playing in a minor league facility there. A move to Sacramento would also allow the organization to keep its partnership with NBC Sports Bay Area, and, more important, at least some of the tens of millions of dollars annually that come with it.

But even Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg told a local television station that it’s in the team’s best interest to stay in Oakland. 

“It’s important for me to express my sincere hope that the A’s remain in Oakland,” Steinberg said. “I have been consistent in my support for this from the very beginning. However, I believe that Sacramento has so much to offer and would be a fantastic temporary landing spot for the A’s. Our city and region have a rich history in baseball and a deep love for sports. Sacramento would wholeheartedly welcome Major League Baseball, as we have shown with the Sacramento Kings. Second to Oakland, Sacramento is the best choice.”

That would make Steinberg at least the second big-city mayor lukewarm on hosting the franchise. Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman previously said on Front Office Sports Today in February the A’s Vegas ballpark plan at the time “does not make sense.”

According to ABC7 in San Francisco, the A’s will have an internal meeting Thursday. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has said he’d like the A’s to have a plan for their move sooner rather than later. It appears they’re close to having at least part of one. 

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Bad Bunny’s Sports Agency Hit With Bribe Claims, per Report

The MLBPA stripped Rimas Sports’ top agent of his certification.

A Decade-Long Timeline of the Shohei Ohtani–Ippei Mizuhara Saga

Ohtani’s former interpreter has been federally charged with bank fraud.

Fanatics Steps Into Live Events After Being Tripped up by Uniforms

The new three-day sports festival is modeled somewhat after New York Comic Con.

Following a Long List of Blows, MLB Walks for a Change

Officials say the Dodgers’ superstar is ‘considered a victim in this case.’
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Inside the Most-Hyped WNBA Draft in History


Featured Today

Women’s Basketball Finally Has a TV Deal to Match the Excitement. Now What?

A lucrative new media-rights contract could rectify problems of the past, but the future of March Madness media rights is anyone’s guess.
Mar 16, 2024; Washington, D.C., USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) cuts the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC Conference Championship at Capital One Arena.
April 6, 2024

How Two College Seniors Helped DJ Burns Cash In on a Final Four Run

Two college seniors are facilitating deals for NC State’s big man.
Mar 31, 2024; Portland, OR, USA; NCAA officials measure the three point line while coaches from the Texas Longhorns and NC State Wolfpack watch with referees in the finals of the Portland Regional of the NCAA Tournament at the Moda Center center.
April 1, 2024

NCAA Has No One to Blame for Latest Women’s March Madness Transgressions

NCAA is still making avoidable mistakes three years after a complete overhaul.
Nov 16, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; General view of the championship banners at Assembly Hall prior to the game between Austin Peay and Indiana.
March 31, 2024

How to Make It in Basketball: Become a Manager at Indiana

Inside the Hoosiers’ unglamorous, profoundly rewarding incubator for basketball’s biggest names.


Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Multiple - USA Careers
Multiple - USA Careers
Dunham's Sports
Multiple - USA Careers

MLS Finally Gets Its Own Piece of the Big Apple

New York will finally gain a soccer-specific stadium with plans approved for a facility in Queens.
April 9, 2024

Coyotes’ Arena Options in Arizona Are Drying Up. Is Relocation Next?

Scottsdale’s mayor cites infrastructure and retail issues with the team’s proposed arena site.
April 11, 2024

Hello, Goodbye: Coyotes’ Future in Flux As Relocation Rumors Ramp Up

The league reportedly has developed a contingency plan to move the team to Salt Lake City.

Rapid Returns: How Technology Is Getting You Back to Your Seat

How Oracle’s POS technology is helping fans get back to their seats faster.
April 9, 2024

Champions League Hosts Ramp Up Security Amid ISIS Threat

Cities are increasing police presence after social media posts.
April 5, 2024

A Wild Week in Stadium News for the Coyotes, A’s, Royals, and Chiefs

Venue-related developments take shape in Phoenix, Sacramento, and Kansas City.
April 4, 2024

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

The MLB club will play for at least three seasons at a Triple A ballpark.
April 4, 2024

A’s Reach Deal to Leave Oakland for Sacramento After This Year

The A’s will play in a minor league park starting in 2025.