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Jason Kidd hopes an MLB expansion team returns to Oakland or comes to Sacramento

Jan 2, 2024, 9:07 AM | Updated: 9:12 am

Head coach Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks looks on against the Golden State Warriors during the...

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 30: Head coach Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks looks on against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Chase Center on December 30, 2023 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Jason Kidd is the latest Oakland native to share his thoughts on the A’s possibly leaving town.

Last November, Major League Baseball unanimously approved the Athletics relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas. The team plans to build a $1.5 billion, nine-acre stadium where the Tropicana Hotel currently stands. The ballpark, which was granted $380 in public funding for construction earlier this summer, would include a retractable roof and roughly 30,000 seats. But, the earliest projections for when the stadium could open is not until 2028.

Kidd was in the Bay Area over the weekend when his Dallas Mavericks took on the Golden State Warriors, beating them 132-122.

Speaking to reporters, he was asked what he thought, saying the situation is unfortunate.

“It’s unfortunate that Oakland is without a professional baseball or basketball (team),” Kidd told Shayna Rubin of The Mercury News.

He was specific with his words, noting only Oakland is without a baseball or basketball team now. In 2023, the Hall of Fame point guard became co-owner of the Oakland Roots SC and Oakland Soul SC.

The last professional teams are the Oakland Roots and Soul in soccer. So we have something to cheer for. This isn’t the first time a team has been moved from Oakland and not the first time the A’s have moved. Hopefully, they’ll be successful in Vegas but hopefully, we can get an expansion team to Oakland or Sacramento.

Jason Kidd to Shayna Rubin of The Mercury News

Sacramento has been discussed as a possible temporary-landing spot for the Oakland A’s when their lease at the Coliseum expires at the end of the 2024 season.

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