Las Vegas Sports Voices Don’t Want A’s In Utah
Jan 26, 2024, 11:06 AM | Updated: 11:13 am
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SALT LAKE CITY – The Oakland Athletics are moving to Las Vegas but that is not until the 2028 season which is when the new stadium will be ready.
In the meantime, the A’s need a place to play and reports indicate team officials are considering Salt Lake City as a temporary home.
One Vegas radio station thinks they A’s should head straight to Las Vegas in 2025 to play at the home of their Triple-A club the Las Vegas Aviators.
“They should play here. We have the best stadium of all the ones that they just talked about,” Justin Watkins of ESPN 1100 said. “We have the highest capacity. The Triple-A group is a part of the A’s organization. It’s not like we’re displacing another team’s affiliate. We could just play at that ballpark like every day and try to work out the schedule.”
Scheduling around two teams would be a nightmare for all teams involved, having the A’s play in Utah for a few summers eliminates that issue altogether.
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“I think this would be a tryout for them to be an expansion city, which would send me over the edge,” Coefield said.
The reason that may send someone “over the edge” is because the new Las Vegas A’s will still have the same ownership that is in Oakland. That ownership group has a reputation of being frugal with its payroll and seems to focus on profit and not putting out a competitive product.
An expansion team in Salt Lake would allow for that team to have a new ownership group in place that would want to put the focus on being immediately competitive.