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Casey Pratt: If the A’s play in Sacramento, it ensures they end up in Las Vegas

Jan 19, 2024, 9:36 AM

Oakland Athletics fans display signs during a reverse boycott game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ri...

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: Oakland Athletics fans display signs during a reverse boycott game against the Tampa Bay Rays at RingCentral Coliseum on June 13, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)

ABC7’s Casey Pratt joined “The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross” Friday morning to talk about the Oakland Athletics possibly playing in Sacramento after the 2024 season.

On Thursday, it was reported that members of the A’s front office, including owner John Fisher and president Dave Kaval, were in West Sacramento to tour Sutter Health Park as a possible temporary home after this coming season. The River Cats are owned by the Sacramento Kings and are the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Mick Akers, reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, also reported that the A’s would visit Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City.

While MLB owners unanimously approved the team’s move from Oakland to Las Vegas, the ballpark isn’t expected to be ready until at least 2028. The A’s lease with the Oakland Coliseum expires after the 2024 season and MLB typically releases the following season’s schedule after its All-Star Game in July. So the A’s need to figure out where they’re playing sooner than later.

“I don’t want to tell anybody how to enjoy something they love… but I think that most educated fans in Sacramento would know what you all went through with the Kings. And what it would have meant if some other town granted the Kings’ owner amnesty in an effort to get all the way to Seattle,” Pratt said. “If they run out of options, they could be forced to sell. Right now, granting them amnesty in Sacramento or Salt Lake City, or anywhere else, really just ensures that they’re going to end up in Las Vegas.”

Additional topics discussed include:

  • In the best-case scenario, the Las Vegas stadium won’t be ready until 2028
  • This could be a three-year solution and not one-and-done in 2025
  • How the MLB is taking advantage of taking of markets willing to host the A’s
  • If the team doesn’t play in Oakland, what happens to their television deal with NBC Sports?
  • Over $112,000 in donations have gone to Nevada Legislatures
  • If Joe Lacob’s dream of buying the Oakland Athletics is legitimate

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