Oakland A’s-to-Vegas murky as Nev. Legislature adjourns without deal

The Oakland A’s bolt to Las Vegas has hit a major speed bump in the Nevada Legislature.

The Oakland Athletics’ proposed move to Las Vegas has stalled without a vote from the Nevada Legislature on a proposed funding package.

The backstory: The team had reached an agreement with the Bally’s Corporation to build a potential 30,000-seat stadium on the Las Vegas Strip, but the $1.5 billion project cannot proceed without public funds.


  • The A’s were initially seeking $500 million from Clark County, but agreed on up to $380 million in a package of transferrable tax credits and bonds.
  • However, SB509, the bill that could have provided those funds and provisions, did not advance in the four-month session of the Nevada Legislature.
  • A special session could potentially be called before 2025, but Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo did not list the A’s bill as part of the agenda. If a vote for SB509 gets pushed to 2025, it throws a wrench into A’s president Dave Kaval’s hopes to begin construction in 2024 and play in a new stadium by the 2027 season.

The other side: Oakland fans announced a “reverse boycott” effort in April, with the intention of illustrating the team’s local support. Some view the legislature’s delay as a victory, encouraging fans to continue advocating for the team to remain in the Bay Area.

  • An online crowd-funding effort raised more than $25,000 to distribute thousands of T-shirts urging owner John Fisher to sell the team. The display is scheduled for June 13, when the Athletics host the Tampa Bay Rays at the Coliseum.
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