Just a month after Las Vegas learned that it'll welcome its second professional sports franchise, the Oakland Raiders, a recent interview with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has people talking about a third organization. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Manfred is open to moving either the Oakland Athletics or Tampa Bay Rays to Las Vegas if either team can't negotiate new stadium deals. “If we were looking at relocation,” Manfred said, “Las Vegas would be on the list.” The move doesn't solely rely on relocation. There's the possibility of the MLB adding an expansion team in the future and Las Vegas would be on their short list of cities. “Until the Tampa Bay and Oakland situations are settled,
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Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie would like some resolution before the draft next week on whether running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come out of retirement and be traded to the Raiders. Lynch retired following the 2015 season and still has a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch met with the Raiders earlier this month to talk about a possible return but nothing has been finalized.
OAKLAND — First the Raiders, next the A’s? Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said this week he is open to relocating a team to Las Vegas, possibly the Oakland A’s, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune. “If we were looking at relocation,” Manfred told a group of sports editors at league headquarters, “Las Vegas would be on the list.” The Tribune reported the A’s and Tampa Bay Rays as possibilities for relocation because they are struggling to secure financing for new stadiums in their home markets. The A’s are exploring several possible locations for a new stadium in Oakland and have launched a “Rooted in Oakland” marketing campaign highlighting their ties to the city. The
The soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders are planning to announce some of their draft picks from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Raiders president Marc Badain said the team will announce their picks on the final day of the NFL Draft, April 29, from the sign on Las Vegas Boulevard. The team is holding an event earlier in the draft in Oakland. Badain said it is all part of the balancing act the team is working to support their current and future home. "Right now we are the Oakland Raiders and we are going to remain in that community while establishing an identity here as well," Badain said. The team told the Las Vegas Stadium Authority they are encouraged by the 40,000 deposits they’ve received from fans
The Oakland Raiders wouldn't pay rent at a proposed tax-funded stadium they want to call home in Las Vegas under the most recent version of a lease agreement unveiled Thursday during a meeting of the public entity overseeing plans for the $1.9 billion project. The stadium authority board justified the lack of rent for the Raiders with the investment that the team is making on the 65,000-seat domed stadium to which guests of hotels and other lodging facilities in the Las Vegas area are contributing $750 million through a room tax increase. ''It's based on the fact that the Raiders are going to be investing up to $1.15 billion and certainly taking the risk for any overruns,'' board chairman Steve Hill said after the meeting.
Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain says the team will announce its third-day draft picks from the ''Welcome to Las Vegas'' sign next week. Badain made the announcement Thursday during a gathering of the public entity overseeing the proposed 65,000-seat stadium the team wants to occupy in Las Vegas. NFL league owners approved the Raiders relocation last month.