SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Not all “OK” in the city of Oakland, and business leaders in Sacramento are watching closely.
Baseball’s Athletics owners are threatening to move the team if they don’t get another favorable vote from Oakland City Council on Tuesday.
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Now, Sacramento business leaders are considering an opportunity to bring the A’s here.
Michelle Willard, of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, said if the city of Oakland cannot come to an agreement on a new Stadium A deal, the business group will ask the Commissioner of Major League Baseball to consider Sacramento.
“So it’s a grand slam for them to consider our market,” said Willard. “We hope the A’s obviously stay in Oakland, but if they don’t, you can trust Sacramento will take on the Oakland A’s.”
The possible 2021 campaign for track and field comes three decades after an attempt to attract a Major League Baseball franchise in 1987. Sacramento executed a sensational public relations stunt in an attempt to gain the attention of Major League Baseball . About 300 buses caraved on Interstate 80 carrying 20,000 Sacramentians to the Oakland Coliseum in an attempt to show the MLB that the capital could be a major league city.
ESPN’s John Malos reported on the show for the Sports Network that day.
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“I remember it vividly because I was in a private car with an ESPN photographer,” Malos said. “Back then, Major League Baseball didn’t care. ESPN did it because they called me, they wanted the story.
The trailer was choreographed by then owner Gregg Lukenbill, who also spent millions of dollars to lay the groundwork for a stadium right next to the Arco Arena, which he hoped would attract a league team. major.
All this time later, the foundation is still there. The stadium was never built.
We asked Malos if there was a lesson to be learned from Sacramento’s last effort for a major league team.
“Yes,” said Malos. “The private sector and the public sector must work together.
Decades later, there is now another land in the capital. Get ready for Sacramento to try to score again at home.
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The Oakland City Stadium vote is scheduled for Tuesday. The A’s current lease ends in 2024. Las Vegas appears to be the prime contender right now if the A’s move.