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Steve Berman on the ‘loose agreement’ between A’s and Nevada lawmakers

May 23, 2023, 12:01 PM

Kyle Muller #39 of the Oakland A's pitches in the top of the first inning against the Arizona Diamo...

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 16: Kyle Muller #39 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the top of the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at RingCentral Coliseum on May 16, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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The Athletic’s Steve Berman joined Chris & Co. with Jason Ross Tuesday to talk about the latest rumblings surrounding the Oakland A’s. On Tuesday, the Nevada Independent reported a loose financial agreement between the team and state lawmakers.

“The Nevada Independent has done a fantastic job on this with unbiased coverage… According to the Nevada Independent today, there’s a loose agreement on public funding that’s going to be short on what the A’s want. How they fill in the gap, we don’t know. If it’s going to be asking the A’s to contribute, which we know they won’t want to, or even Clark County having to foot some of the bill themselves,” Berman said, adding he’s even seen some reports that Clark County residents’ property taxes could be raised if there are shortfalls with funding.

Additional topics discussed include:

  • The decision that led to NBC Sports removing Glen Kuiper from the broadcasting booth
  • What are the plans for the Oakland A’s broadcast team for the remainder of the season
  • Have the A’s owners made an effort to make the team competitive?
  • If the team is moving closer to a stadium deal in Las Vegas
  • “Las Vegas and Nevada are not quite as happy about giving out public funds anymore after the Raiders thing. It seems like it’s a negotiation thing, but we still don’t have renderings of a stadium. So a lot of this stuff is cart before the horse kind of stuff and just looks like a desperation situation from the A’s, who need to get something done by January 2024 or they’re not going to be a revenue-sharing team anymore.”
  • How bad are the Oakland A’s actually playing?
  • “When I watch the team, it’s unwatchable because they have no good starters, they have no good bullpen.”

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