Bay Area reporter says his gut feeling is the A’s don’t land at the Tropicana

May 25, 2023, 1:38 PM | Updated: Jun 6, 2023, 9:34 am

Esteury Ruiz #1 of the Oakland A's celebrates after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ...

Esteury Ruiz #1 of the Oakland A's celebrates after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the twelfth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 16, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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ABC7’s Casey Pratt joined Chris & Co. with Jason Ross Thursday to talk about the latest news surrounding the possible move of the Oakland A’s to Las Vegas. On Wednesday, the team and Nevada lawmakers released a joint statement on a “tentative agreement” to bring the team to Vegas.

In the current agreement between the team and Bally’s Corp., and the Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc. [GLPI], the Oakland A’s will have access to nine acres on the 35-acre site located at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue to build a 30,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof. GLPI also agreed to fund “up to $175 million towards certain shared improvements within the future development in exchange for a commensurate rent increase.” If all goes according to plan, the team could break ground on the new stadium in 2024 with baseball happening in Las Vegas as early as 2027.

But, Pratt has a feeling this may not be where the stadium is actually built.

“I have this really interesting gut feeling, I really still think they’re going to get it done in Vegas, I just don’t necessarily think it’s going to happen at the Tropicana site,” Pratt said. “That’s what my gut says. Sure the Trop is the easiest, probably the quickest option for the A’s, and it might be the best available option right now. But I just don’t think they’re happy with that site and I could see them eventually pivoting off that if they could.”

Additional topics discussed include:

  • Where is the team as of Thursday in regard to possibly moving to Las Vegas
  • If the Oakland A’s move to the Tropicana, the stadium would be publicly owned and the team wouldn’t own the land
  • There are rumors that the deal in Las Vegas is “site-agnostic”
  • What’s the craziest thing to happen so far in the relocation saga?
  • Is Oakland still fighting to keep the team?
  • Are there chances that John Fisher actually sells the team?

Click here to watch and listen to the full interview with Casey Pratt.

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