As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig outlined a months-long approval process for the Oakland Athletics’ proposed move to Las Vegas, Nevadaovernor Joe Lombardo on Thursday signed bill of $380 million public financing package to build a Major League Baseball stadium for the A on the Las Vegas Strip.
The first term Republican governor and former sheriff of Las Vegas, who signed a measure the Democrat controlled legislature approved late Wednesday night after seven days long special session, says he’s excited to sign it. I can’t wait to introduce the A9s to Nevada,” Lombardo wrote in a statement from Carson City.
This legislation reflects months of negotiations between team, the state, county and the league, Lombardo said. Las Vegas’ position as a global sports destination continues to grow, and Major League Baseball is another tremendous asset for the city.
The Commissioner of Baseball, Rob Manfred, has detailed the assessment procedure for the proposed relocation of the A’s team during a press conference held at a gathering of owners in New York. The stadium, which has a capacity of 30,000, would be the smallest in MLB.
Manfred has stated that the team is required to submit an application for relocation, which should explain its efforts in Oakland and why Las Vegas is a superior market. A committee will then be formed to determine the new operational and television territories, and will subsequently make a recommendation to Manfred and the eight-member executive council. The executive council will then produce a recommendation for all clubs, who must approve the move with a minimum of a three-quarters vote.But supporters claimed that Major League Baseball on the Las Vegas Strip will build on the excitement surrounding the Raiders, the Golden Knights, and the WNBA’s Aces in a city that had no major professional sports before 2016, in addition to creating 14,000 construction jobs and permanent jobs subject to collective bargaining.
Las Vegas is quickly evolving into the world’s entertainment and sports capital, according to Democratic Assembly woman She Backus, a local Las Vegas native. “With the Aces winning a national championship last year and the Golden Knights securing the Stanley Cup just last night, it is clear Las Vegas is clearly becoming the entertainment and sports capital of the world,” she said.