A formal vote on the Oakland A’s proposed relocation to Las Vegas is now targeted for November.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred intends to bring the measure before team owners for ratification during league meetings scheduled for Nov. 14-16 in Arlington, Texas. Approval requires support from at least 23 of 30 clubs.
If approved, the move would formalize MLB’s first club relocation since the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals in 2005, and just the second in the last 51 years after the Washington Senators became the Texas Rangers in 1972.
Las Vegas will be the A’s fourth home since the franchise’s 1901 founding after prior stops in Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Oakland. An MLB relocation committee led by Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has been actively reviewing the relocation application.
The A’s proposed ballpark along the Las Vegas Strip, however, has been beset by a series of obstacles in advance of a planned 2028 opening — most recently a new petition by an education advocacy group seeking to put the project’s public funding on a statewide ballot.
Still, the move will almost certainly be approved, particularly as MLB’s relationship with the city of Oakland has reached new levels of toxicity. The A’s will finish the season with the league’s lowest attendance and worst record, while efforts toward a new ballpark in Oakland never reached fruition.
MLB is actively preparing for alternate game feeds that directly embed live wagering capabilities.
Such an endeavor is thematically similar to other emerging watch-and-bet efforts such as Genius Sports’ new BetVision, which will allow NFL bets within a live video player for the first time.