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  • Nevada ended its legislative session without voting on an A's stadium bill.
  • Gov. Joe Lombardo will call a special session but the A's bill may not be part of that.
Oakland Athletics center fielder Esteury Ruiz (1) tosses the ball to left fielder Brett Rooker (25) after making an out against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
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Nevada ended its legislative session without voting on a bill to fund a new stadium for the Oakland A’s.

The non-vote further clouds the future of the A’s, who have sought to move from Oakland-Alameda County Stadium for years.

The team was seeking $380 million in public funding plus property tax breaks, but the bill that would have provided that, SB509, failed to advance out of committee and didn’t receive a vote in either the state senate or assembly.

Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo indicated he would call a special session, but the A’s bill will not be considered during that session, according to 8 News Now. Other than the special session, Nevada’s legislature is adjourned until 2025. 

Fox5 Las Vegas reported that negotiations to revive the bill are underway.

The A’s have been exploring a move to Las Vegas for more than a year while simultaneously seeking a deal with Oakland, but the team turned its full attention to Sin City in April, first announcing a deal at the Red Rock site before pivoting to the Tropicana site shortly after.

The A's have shared renderings of its proposed Las Vegas stadium.

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The team has planned a retractable-roof stadium on 9 acres of the Bally’s-managed site, though some have questioned whether such a venue would fit in the proposed space. 

Should the A’s strike out in Las Vegas, Oakland mayor Sheng Thao has stated that she remains ready to negotiate with the team. Backers in Salt Lake City and Orlando have also stated their interest in bringing an MLB team to their cities.

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